The Braves had everything working this past weekend in a three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals. Already one of the better teams at home, Atlanta now holds the best home record in the Majors at 34-15.
While reports have the Braves at least glancing at the starting pitching market ahead of the trade deadline, it wasn't an issue at all this weekend. Mike Minor allowed only five hits and one run in seven inning in Friday night's game, while Julio Teheran gave up just two hits in seven shutout innings. Kris Medlen was shaky at times Sunday, but allowed only two runs.
A combined line of 20 IP, 14 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 15 K against the National League's top offense is about as good of a series a rotation can have. Add in seven scoreless innings from the trio of Luis Avilan, Jordan Walden and Craig Kimbrel, and a pitching staff really can't do much better. Kimbrel recorded a save in all three games, bringing his season total to 31.
Offensively, it was a good series for just about everyone as well. Chris Johnson continued to scald the ball all around the ballpark, tallying seven hits including a double. If the batting title is your thing, Johnson now leads the National League in batting average at .338. Andrelton Simmons added four hits of his own in addition to a couple of fantastic defensive plays during the series.
Jason Heyward homered twice in the series, and also made a couple of great plays with the glove. Evan Gattis struggled a time or two with the glove this weekend, but recorded a hit in all three games of the series.