If the first few weeks of the season in MLB belonged to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Atlanta Braves have been the owners of the show ever since then.
They just became the first organization in the league to reach 70 wins this season, needing only 107 games.
That 70 Show!
— MLB (@MLB) August 4, 2023
That’s right: their 70-37 record is tops in the league, and the second-best club, the Baltimore Orioles, are 67-42 (four games behind).
Atlanta blanked the red-hot Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Friday in impressive fashion, with six scoreless innings from their Opening Day starter Max Fried.
Instead of showing any rust, Fried attacked hitters with ease, showed pinpoint command, and his curveball and slider were showing nasty break as usual.
In other words, he looked in top form just in time to gain some rhythm and think about the postseason.
The Braves are so good and deep that they lost two of their best starters in Fried and Kyle Wright for months (plus other players), yet they still managed to build a 12-game lead in the NL East by early August.
Their lineup is also incredibly deep, with Sean Murphy, Travis d’Arnaud, Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies, Matt Olson, Orlando Arcia, Austin Riley, Marcell Ozuna, Michael Harris II, and other stellar contributors.
At this point, there is no question: the Braves are baseball’s best team and it’s probably not close.
Will they win the World Series?
No one knows, because that’s harder to predict.
But there is no question they would be favored against just any opponent.NEXT: Ronald Acuna Jr. Has Reached A Historic Mark With Time To Spare