The first two innings of last night’s game were a microcosm of the Braves historic June. They did slow down over the final seven innings, but at that point, the damage was already done. The Braves racked up five home runs through the first ten batters, leading to six runs and their 19th win in 22 games. They’ve become an offensive juggernaut, and they are on their way to breaking a couple of franchise records.
As a team in June, the Braves are 19-4 with two games left on the schedule. The franchise record for wins in a single month is 21, which they would tie if they can keep their current four-game win streak going.
#Braves hit 5 homers in the first two innings — two by Ronald Acuña Jr. — and coast to a 6-2 win over Twins to improve to 19-4 in June, two wins shy of matching the franchise record for wins in any month. Atlanta has won 12 of its past 13 games and moves to an NL-best 52-27.
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) June 28, 2023
The Braves also have a chance to hit the most home runs in a single month in franchise history. Following last night’s barrage, they’ve clobbered 54 long balls, which is two shy of the record, set by the 2019 Braves. The Braves also hit 55 homers in September of 2020. The New York Yankees hold the record for most homers in a single month, blasting 74 in August of 2019. That record may never be broken, but the Braves have a real shot at claiming second place, which is currently held by this year’s Blue Jays squad, who hit 59 homers in April.
But what might be even more impressive is the Braves all-around offensive statistics in June. As a team, they are hitting over .300 with an OPS approaching .930. To put that in perspective, Hall-of-Famer Chipper Jones has a career OPS of .930, so this Braves lineup as a whole, is currently producing at a Hall-of-Fame clip.
One would think these are some really good numbers for a player. But this is slash line for the Braves, as a team, in the month of June pic.twitter.com/FtIauda9zJ
— Gaurav (@gvedak) June 28, 2023
There were comments before the season about the 2023 Braves potentially being the greatest team in franchise history. That’s quite a statement for an organization as rich in history as the Braves. However, I’m not even sure it’s a bold one anymore. This team has been without Max Fried and Kyle Wright for pretty much the entire season, yet they are on pace to win 107 games.
The 2023 Braves are the best all-around group we’ve ever seen in Atlanta.
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