The Atlanta Braves are 4-8 over their past twelve games.
While that may seem less than ideal, it is a result of one of their toughest stretches of the season for Atlanta. With an off day today, the Braves are two games ahead in the NL East.
That record is a result of a stretch of games against the Yankees, Giants, Dodgers, and Rockies at home. Over the next three series, Atlanta will face the Nationals, Marlins, and Rockies as an away team. When the Braves extended their lead to 5 1⁄2 games before this recent stretch, it was logical that their lead atop the NL East would shrink. Thankfully, the lead remains in tact.
A few big reasons why the lead remains in tact comes from the production of Charlie Morton, Austin Riley, and Freddie Freeman.
Among the 16 hitters with 400 or more plate appearances vs. right-handed pitchers this season, only Austin Riley, Freddie Freeman, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. have an OPS of .900 or better.
Since 1995, Charlie Morton becomes the ninth Braves pitcher to produce 13+ wins and 180+ strikeouts in a single season (has been done 14 times.) Morton’s production this season has certainly been rare in recent years when it comes to the Braves. It certainly has made a big impact on Atlanta holding the division lead currently in the NL East.
- The Braves tapped into their power to back Morton to even the series against the Rockies. The potential of the Braves lineup was on full display on Sunday.
- Over the weekend, the Braves infield made history. The Atlanta infield became just the second infield in MLB history to have all four members reach 25 or more homers in the same season.
- Tannor Roark, who had signed on with the Braves earlier this season, elected to become a free agent over the weekend.
- A trying week for Atlanta should make the Braves roster ready to feast on a much easier schedule over the next few weeks. Check out the Talking Chop podcast for the latest on what has happened and on what is to come for the Braves.
- With wins on Sunday, the Phillies (2 games) and the Mets (3 1⁄2 ) remained on track with the Braves in the NL East. Javy Baez has certainly played a role for the Mets in their recent surge.
- When it comes to making their mark for the postseason, the Brewers certainly made the most of it Sunday. Daniel Vogelbach delivered a walk-off grand slam to win their game on Sunday.
- The National league playoff picture continued to be the theme of the day. The Giants once again claimed first place in the NL West with a win over the Dodgers.
- The Mariners are on the move. With a win on Sunday, Seattle is third in the AL Wild Card race.