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MDJ: Atlanta Braves offense goes from rolling blackouts to near-complete 0utage on rough road trip

Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Olson
Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Olson (Marietta Daily Journal - Special - Anthony Stalcup)

The Atlanta Braves’ vaunted lineup is seeking a recalibration of sorts after falling on hard times over the past three series — all against first-place clubs.

The Braves’ struggles scoring runs led to a 1-5 road trip and saw them go from having the best record in Major League Baseball to sitting in second place in the National League East behind the red-hot Philadelphia Phillies.

That is unfamiliar territory for Atlanta, which spent just one day out of first place in 2023.

May has historically been unkind to the Braves in recent years, and the month is once again off to an inauspicious start in 2024. The Braves went 13-15 in May 2022 and 15-14 in the season’s second full month last year, but followed up both of those records with greater success in June.

In both years, the club emerged from the May proving ground and enjoyed some serious success.

Reeling off a 14-game winning streak in 2022 led to a 21-6 June record for Atlanta. Last season, the Braves bested that by going 21-4 and tying the Atlanta-era record for most wins in a calendar month set just one year prior.

It is impossible to predict a repeat performance this year, but as the adage goes, there is a lot of baseball left. The Braves, however, would like to start playing a better brand of baseball sooner than later.


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