He has obviously been the best-hitting catcher in the National League during his six years with the Braves, and I think you've also got to say Brian McCann has been the best in the major leagues over that period, considering Joe Mauer's injury woes.

But what McCann is doing lately is another level of hitting. B-Mac is absolutely raking, and will move his name into serious MVP consideration if he keeps up anything even close to this pace for the second half of the season.

McCann had the first three of the Braves' meager five hits in Monday night's win against the Mariners, including his fifth homer in eight games and 14th of the season. (He and Freddie Freeman each hit homers off Erik Bedard, who had previously allowed only one homer by a left-handed hitter all season.)

In his past 23 games, McCann has hit a stunning .361 with 10 homers and a .454 on-base percentage.

And get this: After hitting .283 with just two homers and a .362 slugging percentage in his first 38 games, he's hit .336 with 12 homers and a .724 slugging percentage in his past 32 games.

The power surge began right after he got a tip from his brother Brad, a former Marlins minor leaguer and Clemson All-American who now works as a hitting instructor at the Windward Baseball Academy in Alpharetta. Their dad, Howie, runs the place.