It took a little while for the Braves’ offense to wake up, but I always said this team would be a problem whenever they did. Well, they have in a big way over the last couple of weeks, leading to 14 straight wins. There are few offenses in baseball that can match up with the Braves, and even fewer are as powerful, especially in the National League. To this point in the season, Atlanta is running away with the home run title in the NL.
Following last night’s bludgeoning of the Nationals, The Braves now have 97 bombs, which is nearly 20 more than second place in the National League. The Phillies are behind them with 81. Atlanta also now has the leader in the league in home runs. Austin Riley added two more to his total last night, putting him at 18 on the season, which ties him with Pete Alonso for the National League lead.
Updated NL home run leaders:
Austin Riley (18)
Pete Alonso (18)
Mookie Betts (17) https://t.co/sBJoXP6NZS
— Kevin McAlpin (@KevinMcAlpin) June 16, 2022
The Braves trail only the Yankees in homers in all of MLB, and they are creeping up on them fast, trailing them by just three as New York is the first team to hit triple digits.
With all of those home runs comes a healthy OPS. The Braves now lead the National League in the category and sit just .003 points behind the Yankees for first. This team was always destined to get hot, and now the rest of the league has been put on notice. The champs are back.
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