CHICAGO -- Brian McCann understands that he is still at a point in the season where he could raise his batting average to its expected level with just a few good games. But the Braves' catcher was still a little frustrated by the .237 average he carried into Tuesday night's game against the Cubs.
"I feel good, I'm just not getting results," McCann said. "It's just kind of weird."
While primarily sitting in the cleanup spot, McCann has continued to provide timely power for the Braves. His three-run home run off left-hander Randy Wolf gave the Braves a fifth-inning lead that they would preserve on the way to winning their home opener against the Brewers.
Last week, McCann drilled a game-tying grand slam that allowed the Braves to erase a 6-0 deficit against Roy Halladay and eventually claim a thrilling 15-13, 11-inning win over the Phillies.
McCann's start to this season is somewhat of a contrast to what he experienced during the early stages last year. The six-time All-Star catcher entered Tuesday with five home runs in 93 at-bats. He needed 173 at-bats to notch his fifth home run last year. But through his first 93 at-bats last year, he possessed a .301 batting average.