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Former Diamondbacks star Justin Upton hit five homers in his first five games in a Braves uniform, but since his scorching start he has cooled off.
PHOENIX, Ariz. — Justin Upton got off to a blazing start with his new team, smacking five homers in his first five games. But the Braves outfielder has cooled considerably as he arrives in Arizona to face his old team for the first time.
Upton still leads the majors with 12 homers entering Monday’s game — which started at 9:40 p.m. and wasn’t over by The Herald’s press time — but that just attests to how great his start really was.
Upton’s last homer prior to Monday’s game came on April 27 and in the 14 games since, he had just nine hits in 44 at-bats. Hitting over .300 two weeks ago, his average was down to .269 entering Atlanta’s three-game series with Arizona.
“I’m seeing the ball good; it’s just a matter (of) time before I’m putting good swings on it again,” said Upton, who has walked 12 times during his slump.
“Your timing gets off once and awhile and you’ve got to get it back.”
No one questions that he will, but the trade that brought Upton to Atlanta isn’t looking quite as lopsided in the Braves’ advantage as it did in April.
Upton fell out of favor in Arizona last season and was dangled in trade talks all winter before being dealt for a package made up of Martin Prado and prospects.
“Being traded is a part of the game and you take it in stride,” Upton said. “I’ve turned the page. I’m part of a new organization and it’s still the same game on the field. I’m looking to the future and I’m enjoying things.”