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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||250.00||6.00||.248||29.00||23.00||0.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Haren (Career)||16||5||0|| .313||.313||.313|
|vs RHP||30||12||3|| .419|| .767|| .400|
|Last 10 Games|
Braves turning more often to hot-hitting C Pierzynski at starter
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(4/23/15) Veteran A.J. Pierzynski is not supposed to be the starting catcher for the Braves. But maybe he is. Sort of.
The ambiguity is coming from Pierzynski himself, who seems to be wresting the job away from Christian Bethancourt. The former not only played Wednesday night, but also in an afternoon game Thursday.
Pierzynski has simply outperformed Bethancourt at the plate. His three-hit game Wednesday raised his average to .391 with three home runs, five RBI and an .826 slugging percentage. He's on a six-game hitting streak and is one start on the year behind Bethancourt, who was the declared starter before the season began.
"He's swinging it," Fredi Gonzalez told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "...He's not your normal prototypical catcher-backup guy that'll only catch 20, 30 games a year."
Braves' A.J. Pierzynski slugs three HRs in first two weeks
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(4/20/15) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski has seen limited action over the first two weeks but has shined offensively, going 6 for 20 with three home runs and five RBI.
The Braves played Pierzynski just once in the team's first five games but he saw much more action in the second week of the season. He's started four times during a six-game stretch and has yet to go hitless in any of his five appearances. With Christian Bethancourt struggling at the plate, it's possible the two catches will continue to share time close to equally moving forward.
Braves' Christian Bethancourt not in lineup Sunday
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(4/12/15) Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Mets.
Bethancourt is 3 for 15 with one walk, two doubles and two RBI in four games this season. The Braves will use A.J. Pierzynski behind the plate Sunday. Pierzynski, who is 1 for 2 with a walk and a home run, will bat fifth.
The Braves are favorites (-118) against the Mets Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.
Braves' A.J. Pierzynski homers, drives in two in victory
|by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com|
|(4/8/15) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski homered off of pitcher Tom Koehler in the seventh inning of a 2-0 win over the Marlins. Pierzynski's home run produced the only runs scored in the game on Wednesday.
''To come in here and play against a team people are expecting big things out of, and to play the way we did, hopefully it carries over,'' Pierzynski said.
''For my first hit as a Brave to be a home run is pretty cool,'' Pierzynski said. ''But more important is the way we pitched tonight. Our guys were lights out from Shelby all the way to Grilli. That was the biggest thing. I'm so proud the way we pitched, not only tonight but the whole series. We did a really good job containing them, making big pitches in big situations.''
Braves' A.J. Pierzynski, Cameron Maybin to make first starts of the year
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(4/8/15) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski and center fielder Cameron Maybin will make their first starts of 2015 Wednesday against the Marlins, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Pierzynski gets the nod over Christian Bethancourt, who started the first two games of the year. Pierzynski hit .375 with one RBI in eight at-bats against Miami in 2014.
Maybin draws the start over Eric Young. Maybin is hitting .361 with four doubles and seven RBI in 66 career plate appearances against the Marlins.
|2014 summary: Signed to replace Jarrod Saltalamacchia on a team looking to repeat as World Series champions, A.J. Pierzynski failed to live up to the numbers he put up with the Rangers and White Sox and soon found himself out of work, displaced by an up-and-comer on a surprise non-contender. He moved on to St. Louis, where he filled in for an injured Yadier Molina before settling in as a backup.|
Playing time status: Though always an above-average offensive catcher, Pierzynski saved his best for late in his career, hitting a career-high 27 home runs as a 35-year-old in 2012 and following that up with 17, the third-most of his career, in 2013 -- which makes his decline in 2014 even steeper and more alarming. His backup role late in the year was a precursor of what's to come with rookie Christian Bethancourt expected to get most of the work for the Braves.
2015 outlook: Pierzynski still hits right-handers pretty well, and since he's already blown away far exceeded expectations for age, he could always do it again. Given his projected role, though, he's clearly not mixed-league material to begin the season.
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