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How clutch are the Braves?

It's getting hard to count all the times when we get frustrated over our beloved Braves inability to score runs this season. I thought I saw some pattern of the amount of walks they've taken with RISP and decided to look up the facts about just how clutch they have been so far.

Looking at batting with RISP, the Braves actually are in the middle of the pack when it comes to batting average. 0.264 is actually slightly better than the MLB average 0.258. Let's look at OBP with RISP instead. This time Atlanta is in third place with a whopping 0.401, which is a lot higher than the MLB average of 0.353.

So the Braves walk a lot with RISP, which isn't very clutch, but as long as they still are average when it comes to hitting it shouldn't be that much of a problem should it? Aha, I'm leaving out the obvious - getting runners to scoring position.

Atlanta's batting average with none on base is abysmal... 0.200 is dead last in MLB (by far) and a good 0.054 below MLB average. We've heard a lot about their patience at the plate, but looking at OBP with none on base shows the Braves at second to last, still 0.053 points below MLB average. So it seems that the plate patience has been mostly with runners on base. And just to add more salt to the wounds, Atlanta's 12 extra base hits with none on base yields MLB worst in SLG as well.

To sum things up - when challenged, the Braves are fairly clutch (mostly thanks to you know who). The problem is that they rarely find themselves in clutch situations.

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