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Andrelton Simmons Recognizes Need for Change in Atlanta Braves’ Offensive Approach

July 24th, 2013 at 8:47 AM
By Cody Fields

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Andrelton Simmons may not be the best hitter, but he recognizes the need for the Atlanta Braves to take a better approach at the plate, as told to Kevin McAlpin of 680 the Fan after Tuesday's loss to the New York Mets at Citi Field.

 

The Braves left nine men on base while dropping their season average with runners in scoring position to .246, ninth best in the National League.

It's also well known that the Braves strikeout a ton, but they also the most strikeouts in the NL with runners in scoring position, despite the fact they have the 13th most at-bats in the situation.

Since a 13-2 start, the Braves have gone 43-42, and they're now 8-10 in July after losing a series to the Chicago White Sox.

This will hopefully serve as a wakeup call for an Atlanta team that has been decidedly mediocre lately. It's not time to hit the panic button yet, but the Braves need to start putting the ball in play.

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