The Atlanta Braves have opened up a substantial lead in the National League East, yet there is the feeling that the Braves are not a formidable team. A big reason for that is the NL East itself. The Braves are the only team in the division with a record above .500.
The Braves also have only the 3rd best record in the National League and the Dodgers are the hottest team in baseball, led by their rookie sensation, Yasiel Puig.
Yet, I feel like the aforementioned are good things, and not bad. The Braves have yet to peak this season and I don’t think they will until everybody gets healthy and clicking.
The Braves have played very good baseball, but I think there is another gear, maybe two. And I think we will see them in September and October when it really counts.
Do I have any empirical data or fancy stats to back up this opinion? No, just a hunch.