B.J. Upton signed a big deal with the Braves in the offseason, but so far he hasn't lived up to the billing and is batting a major-league worst .134.
Braves-Mets ppd. Saturday
ATLANTA -- Saturday night’s game between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves at Turner Field was postponed because of inclement weather.
No makeup date has been scheduled.
The Mets’ Jonathon Niese (2-2, 3.31 ERA) was scheduled to match up against the Braves’ Julio Teheran (1-0, 5.08).
The Mets (12-15) won the series opener 7-5 over the Braves (17-12) in 10 innings Friday.
Atlanta entered Saturday with a 2 1/2-game lead over the Washington Nationals in the National League East. New York was four games back.
The series finale today begins at 1:35 p.m. on TBS and pits Braves ace Tim Hudson (3-1) against Mets ace Matt Harvey (4-0).
ATLANTA — Braves’ righty Tim Hudson was once at the bottom of the pecking order among Oakland’s “Big Three” starters of the early 2000s that also included left-handers Mark Mulder and Barry Zito.
It’s Hudson, though, who has ended up with the best career.
The skinny right-hander became the third active pitcher to reach 200 victories when he defeated Washington on Tuesday and his .656 winning percentage with the Athletics and Braves is the fifth-best among those who have reached the milestone.
Mulder had his career cut shot by shoulder problems and Zito had some rough years after leaving Oakland to sign a big contract with San Francisco as a free agent. The 37-year-old Hudson has kept going, though, despite his own obstacles.
Tommy John elbow surgery cost Hudson the end of the 2008 season and most of 2009 and he has had back surgery and ankle issues since. So did that slow him down? Not really.
Hudson has 54 victories and a 3.25 ERA since returning Sept. 1, 2009, from elbow surgery. Only five pitchers have more victories since then.
The former two-position player at Auburn University was 16-7 last season, despite missing the first month recovering from back surgery and will go for a 4-1 start to this year when he faces the New York Mets today.
“To play 10 or 15 years in the league, you have to re-invent yourself a time or two along the way,” Hudson said. “That’s something (you have) to do just in order to stay on top of yourself and the physical injuries that you come across throughout your career.”
Hudson was 92-39 with Oakland from 1999-2004 and 108-66 since signing with the Braves — the team he had rooted for growing up in Alabama — as a free agent prior to the 2005 season.
“I feel very lucky and blessed to have been able to do it,” said Hudson of reaching 200 wins. “I’ve played on some really good teams.”
PRESSURE BUILDING ON B.J.: It looked like it might be the perfect opportunity for B.J. Upton to finally bust out of his frustrating season-long slump.
Dan Haren, who had a 6.29 ERA, was pitching for Washington on Thursday night and the Braves center fielder came in 10-for-31 with five homers against the veteran right-hander.
But the way Upton is swinging and missing right now, maybe any pitcher can get him out. It has sure looked that way.
Upton was 0-for-3 in the Braves’ 3-1 loss to Haren and the Nationals, his averaging falling to .134. No major league regular has a lower mark.
Upton rebounded Friday, bringing his average up to .149 with two hits in a 7-5 loss to the New York Mets.
Signed to a five-year deal worth $75.25 million, he has also supplied the least bang for the buck.
How bad as Upton been? Count the ways:
In his past 13 games, he is 6-for-47 with 18 strikeouts. After 27 games, he has just five RBI. He has struck out 34 times in 102 at-bats. His OPS of .471 is close to where his slugging mark alone should be.
The Braves lead the National League East with a 17-12 record. But they won’t be able to stay there if Upton can’t get going and close the gap in production with brother Justin -- the National League player of the month for April.
The younger Upton, with 12 homers, has been everything the Braves hoped after being acquired in a trade from Arizona to play in the outfield with his brother. But having just one of the two hitting has been a big part of the Braves inconsistent offense.
Atlanta had just eight hits and one run in losing the final two games of the four-game home series with the Nationals. The Braves had streaks of 28 straight batters retired and 35 straight at-bats without a position player getting a hit.
The Braves are 5-11 since capping a 12-1 start with a 10-game winning streak and they are now just 2 1/2 games ahead of the Nationals, who got a split at Turner Field after losing the first five games between the teams this year.
The Braves need two Uptons, not just one. The pressure is building on older brother B.J.
GATTIS NAMED NL ROOKIE OF THE MONTH: Evan Gattis was voted the National League Rookie of the Month for April on Friday.
He hit .250 with six home runs and 16 RBI. Gattis had five game-winning RBI and on April 3 became the seventh Atlanta player to homer in his debut.
MCCANN LOOKS EVEN BETTER IN LATEST REHAB STINT: Brian McCann had a RBI single in four at-bats and caught eight innings Thursday night in his first rehab game with Triple-A Gwinnett after four games for Class A Rome. He will play three more times with Gwinnett before likely rejoining the Braves at the start of a road trip in Cincinnati on Monday.
McCann is coming back from surgery on his right shoulder last October. He hit .357 with three homers and seven RBI in his four games for Rome.