The Atlanta Braves are, without a doubt, the hottest team in baseball.
They still don’t know what it’s like to lose in June, and they have won 12 straight games leading up to Tuesday’s action.
At 35-27, they could be leading their division if they didn’t play in the National League East.
Since they play there, they trail the powerful New York Mets by five games.
Still, it has been an incredible run by the reigning World Series champions.
Not only they have won 12 consecutive games, but they have done it in convincing fashion.
“Atlanta has outscored the opposition 83-35 during their 12-game winning streak, hitting 27 homers (2nd-most in #MLB behind the Yankees’ 29) and yielding a 2.68 ERA,” USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweeted.
Atlanta has outscored the opposition 83-35 during their 12-game winning streak, hitting 27 homers (2nd-most in #MLB behind the Yankees' 29) and yielding a 2.68 ERA.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) June 14, 2022
The Braves Are Playing At A Really High Level
In other words, the Braves’ offense is averaging 6.91 runs scored in their 12-game winning streak, and their pitching is limiting opposing offenses to 2.91 runs per game.
That’s some incredible play by an inspired team that has one of the best young players in the game in Ronald Acuna Jr., and some impressive supporting members.
We are in June already, but the season is still relatively young: that means the Braves still have plenty of time to catch up to the Mets, especially as long as they don’t get Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer back (they are both expected back sometime in July).
Five games in June is not an enormous difference, so if the Braves keep playing like this, it’s not impossible to see them catching and leapfrogging the Mets.
They just suffered a huge blow when they lost second baseman Ozzie Albies to a fractured foot, but that doesn’t mean the Braves can’t keep winning games in bunches.
They are still a very dangerous team, as the rest of the league found out last year.