The Atlanta Braves have a healthy lead in the NL East going into the post-All-Star portion of the season. There are still improvements and move to be made for this Atlanta team to get them over the hump, namely the Los Angeles Dodgers.
When baseball resumes on Friday, the Braves team that will be trotting out to play the San Diego Padres is not the same team that started the season back in April. On May 9th, the Braves were 18-20, trailing the Philadelphia Phillies by four games in the NL East. The Braves run differential was -4 up to that point of the season. Since then, the Braves have caught fire with a record of 36-17.
The Braves are still falling behind the Dodgers, even with the great run the Braves have been on since May. The Dodgers are 60-32 today, 5.5 games ahead of the Braves. If the Braves don’t want to suffer the same fate of last season’s playoffs, this team will have to make improvements to the roster before the playoffs.
The pitching for the Braves, bullpen and starting rotation, will need some changes. That has been known all season. Luckily, the offense took off in the middle of the season so the Braves should be good on that front. The Braves have actually scored more runs than the Dodgers, but have given up a lot more runs than their pitching staff. The pitching is what will make or break the Braves playoff aspirations. Let’s look at some moves the Braves could make.