Simmons may not have the batting average Johnson does, but he's put the ball in play pretty much all the time. He only struck out a grand total of twice in July and still hasn't struck out since the All-Star break.
Entering July with a .240 average, Simmons hit .287 in July to bring his season average to .252. He has also hit five of his 11 homers, hit three triples and has driven in 17.
Johnson, on the other hand, has simply been a hitting machine. His .381 July average pushed him into first place in the National League with a .342 average. He's currently riding a nine-game hitting streak, during which he is hitting .457.
Even more impressive, Johnson's six-game multi-hit streak has seen him hit .542.
Credit these guys for a bulk of the Braves' recent offensive outburst. Look for them to stay in a groove through the fall.
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