The Braves are off to a fast 8-1 start and their newly found power is what everyone is seemingly talking about. Atlanta is tied for the National League lead in homers and some of their biggest power hitters have yet to flex their muscles.
Justin Upton leads the majors with six home runs and Evan Gattis is hitting Paul Bunyan type blasts. Third baseman, Juan Francisco, hit a blast the other night in Miami that may have dented the upper deck.
But despite the power display, the Braves are only seventh in the National League in runs scored. Not much improvement over last season when they were middle of the pack.
Defensively Atlanta has been solid, if not great. The Braves are sixth in the National League with only five errors committed. What doesn’t show up in the cumulative stats is that they have made a lot of clutch plays late in games that have preserved wins.
What has carried the Braves so far to the 8-1 record this season is their old stand-by, pitching. The Braves lead the majors with a sparkling 1.89 ERA. Both starting pitching and the bullpen have been highly effective.
To borrow an old real estate phrase, the three most important aspects of baseball are still pitching, pitching and pitching. Power sells tickets, pitching wins games.