Just like last year, the Braves are playing some uninspiring baseball to begin the season. They are 11-13 through 24 games, and to make matters even worse, they’re wasting some valuable opportunities. According to ESPN, the Braves have had the easiest schedule of any team to start the season.
*Note: This was before Monday’s series opener against the Mets
By ESPN’s metric, Braves have had the easiest schedule in baseball the first month pic.twitter.com/jR0LmqUcb9
— Stephen (@b_outliers) May 1, 2022
Meanwhile, the Mets, who are already five games ahead of the Braves in the standings, have had the fifth most difficult schedule to begin the season.
I will say, though, it is early, so a lot of these strength of schedule rankings must be taken with a grain of salt. The Braves also played the Reds to start the season — a series in which they split — which really brings down Atlanta’s strength of schedule because of their abysmal 3-19 record. Take them out of the equation, and the Braves would be much closer to the middle of the pack.
Regardless, Atlanta hasn’t made the most of their opportunities to begin the season, and things don’t get any easier. The Braves have three more games left with the Mets before playing the Brewers, Red Sox, Padres, and Brewers again in their next four series — all of which are playoff-caliber teams.
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