Braves take Thursday off before series in STL

The Braves are seven games out with a day off before going to St. Louis.

With a day off on Thursday, the Braves are 45-50 on the season. They are seven games back of the Nationals in the NL East and 6.5 games back of the second wildcard spot in the National League.

So who is doing well for the Braves in the month of July? Well, the two catchers have the best numbers, as A.J. Pierzynski and Ryan Lavarnway have combined for a .317 batting average, three home runs and 7 RBI.

Kelly Johnson is hitting .311 in July with three home runs and 12 RBI. He also has a .392 on base percentage. Cameron Maybin has a .294 mark in July, with two home runs, nine RBI and three stolen bases. Give Chris Johnson credit. He’s hit .290 in his 31 at bats this month despite obviously being miserable.

The double-play combination has struggled at the plate. Jace Peterson has hit .169 with 23 strikeouts in 65 at bats this month, while Andrelton Simmons has hit .175 in 57 at bats. Peterson has only a .239 OBP this month, which is part of the reason the lineup has struggled so much at times in July.

On the mound, the newest relievers have done great so farm. Both Jason Frasor and Ross Detwiler have yet to give up an earned run. Both have pitched in three games each. New closer Jim Johnson has an ERA of 1.00 in his nine games, with four saves so far.

With the exception of Alex Wood’s 6.87 ERA in July, the starters have done fairly well. Manny Banuelos has a 1.08 ERA in his four games (including one relief appearance). Julio Teheran has a 2.81 ERA in his four starts, while Shelby Miller’s bad luck continues. His ERA has been 3.12 despite going 0-2 with no run support. Matt Wisler has a 3.52 ERA in his four games, with a 3-0 record.

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