The Atlanta Braves have remained a model of consistency in the National League.
The team has won 32 games and leads the NL East by four games over the Miami Marlins and New York Mets.
They own the second-best record in the National League behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Their starting pitching has been a pillar of stability for them this season.
But their best pitching performance this year has come from an unlikely source.
Young right-hander Bryce Elder has emerged as the team’s ace this year and currently has an ERA of 1.92 over his first 11 starts.
That’s the best ERA in all of baseball among qualified starters.
On Twitter, MLB on FOX posted a graphic featuring the starters with the top-5 ERAs in the league.
Here are your ERA leaders this season ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/uCF8maKpUA
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) May 31, 2023
Elder made his Major League debut with the Braves last season.
The Texas graduate appeared in 10 games and started nine of them in 2022, posting a 3.17 ERA and a 2-4 record.
This season has been a different story for the young right-hander.
He is 3-0 this season in his first 11 starts and leads all of baseball in ERA.
Minnesota Twins ace Sonny Gray is right behind him in that category with a 1.94 ERA.
Shane McClanahan is third on the list with a 2.07 mark.
Detroit Tigers ace Eduardo Rodriguez and Houston Astros ace Framber Valdez round out the list with ERAs of 2.13 and 2.38, respectively.
But it’s Elder at the top of the list, pitching some quality games for the five-time defending NL East champions and emerging as yet another ace on their staff.NEXT: Video Shows A Hurdle Cleared By Mike Soroka