As hot a the Los Angeles Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez has been over the last seven days, with four home runs and 11 RBIs with a .409 batting average, the Atlanta Braves' Justin Upton has been ever hotter.
The second-year Brave hasn't just been hot; he's been a fire hazard. Upton owns a league-best .591 batting average (13-for-22) over the past week, and he also paces the majors in on-base percentage (.654), slugging (1.227) and OPS (1.881).
Upton hit four home runs over the past seven days and drove in eight runs in his past six games.
The Braves sit atop the AL East with an 8-4 record, and have gone 4-2 over their first homestand of the season thanks to Upton, who started the stretch just 2-for-8, before going yard twice in a 6-4 loss to the New York Mets on Thursday.
Upton tied Friday's game with the Washington Nationals with another long ball in the bottom of the eighth and then won it with a soft, opposite-field single to plate Jordan Schafer in the bottom of the 10th to give Atlanta a 7-6 win.
On Saturday, Upton went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, banging out two doubles in a 6-3 win over the Nats while his brother B.J. Upton went yard with one out in the bottom of the first.
Upton went a pedestrian 2-for-3 in Sunday's 10-2 win over Washington, with his fourth homer of the week – a two-run job in the first inning off of Gio Gonzalez.
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