So will these Braves evolve into a better “team” than any of their predecessors—Atlanta or otherwise? We’re talking about teams ranging from the 1875 one that won nearly 90 percent of its games (71-8) to the Miracle Braves of 1914 who shocked the Philadelphia Athletics in the World Series to Chipper’s 1995 bunch that won it all.
“From top to bottom, this Braves team certainly has the capability of being in that same conversation with some of the best in franchise history,” said Chipper Jones, who retired from the Braves after last season as one of the game’s all-time great switch-hitters.
Then Jones added quickly, “But let’s give it a half [of a season], or a quarter anyways, because it’s a long, long season.”
Fair enough, but it has been great during the short, short start to the season for a Braves team that entered Tuesday night’s game at Turner Field against the Kansas City Royals with outrageous numbers.
Only the Colorado Rockies had more homers in baseball to this point than the Braves’ 20, and nobody had a better overall team ERA than their 1.82 mark. The same was true for the 1.30 ERA Braves relievers had posted. Justin Upton led the Major Leagues in homers with seven. Plus, Evan Gattis kept racing toward NL Rookie of the Year honors with a bunch of clutch moments to go along with his .324 batting average, four home runs and 10 RBIs in nine games.
If that wasn’t enough, the Braves owned baseball’s best record of 11-1 for their hottest start in 19 years.
It gets better. It’s how the Braves have done this.
Posted: April 17, 2013 at 04:13 AM | 55 comment(s)
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