The Atlanta Braves have one of their biggest leads of the season leading the division by 4.5 games over the Phillies. The Braves bounced back after getting swept by the Boston Red Sox winning the series against Arizona.
Watching the Atlanta Braves play the Diamondbacks it is obvious this team is different. The early season success on offense has come back for Atlanta. Watching them battle back and never give up on offense against Arizona it became obvious this team is capable of not only making but winning in the postseason.
Sunday’s win put the Braves 4.5 games up over Philly as we head into the final three weeks of the season. With two of their three final series against the Phillies, the Braves will have a hard time clinching the division before playing the Phillies at the end of the month.
Taking a 4.5 game lead in September may be a high point for a team who has had a lot of highs this season.
Nick Markakis and Freddie Freeman have led the way for Atlanta racking up hits and always doing everything they can to put the team in a position to win.
Ronald Acuna Jr. has been everything he was thought to be and more hitting the ball out of the park and getting on base from the leadoff spot. Acuna is proving to be the missing piece Atlanta needed earlier in the season.
The biggest challenge for Atlanta is the face they will finish this season with a very tough schedule taking on the Nationals, Cardinals, Giants, and Phillies (twice) in the final stretch. While they may not be postseason juggernauts they are winning teams who will give Atlanta a challenge.
Finishing strong and going into the postseason hot is a must for a young team who is going to need confidence they can go toe-to-toe with the top teams in baseball.
Three more weeks left for Atlanta to clinch their return to the playoffs and give Atlanta fans hope this could be the year Atlanta’s championship drought finally comes to an end.