What a difference a year can make!
Cover Photo: Andrew Rodberg 404thebeat.com
By. Andrew Rodberg
The Braves now 43 games into the season, boast a 26-17 record and currently hold the top spot in the NL east, a feat that no one saw coming.
With the arrival of highly touted OF Ronald Acuña and starting pitcher Mike Soroka (the two youngest players in the game to date), the Braves look to continue their bold statement and remain at the top of the standings.
In just 1 short year, the Braves have turned around their play and have brought back new life to the city of Atlanta and their fans!
Last year at game 43, the Braves were 20-23 and in 3rd place in the NL East. With starting pitching having difficulty keeping the ball in the park in 2017, the Braves reloaded their rotation and bullpen with hopes of turning the tides.
In the offseason the Braves added Shane Carle, Brandon McCarthy and Anibal Sanchez who all made an immediate impact as the 2018 season got underway.
Starting the season with 9 out of 15 games on the road and all of those games against 2017 playoff teams, the Braves were thrown in the fire so to speak. Leaving that long road trip with a 4-4 record in those 8 games, the Braves knew they were in for a good year.
With their offense leading the majors in runs for the 1st month of play, the Braves’ 2B Ozzie Albies put together quite an impressive April where he had 34 hits, 29 runs, 9 home runs and 22 extra base hits, that put him in the Braves record books. With his 22 extra base hits by the end of April, he smashed the previous record by Dale Murphy(1985),Chipper Jones(1998), and Justin Upton(2013).
With the youngins playing fearless, this team looks completely different from the one from 2017, one that could definitely contend in the National League.
Buckle up Atlanta, this is gonna be a good ride!
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