Braves’ infield four homers shy of history

Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson (7) takes his turn at bat against the San Francisco Giants during the third inning Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in San Francisco. (D. Ross Cameron/AP)

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Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson (7) takes his turn at bat against the San Francisco Giants during the third inning Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in San Francisco. (D. Ross Cameron/AP)

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PHOENIX — In the last two days, Braves third baseman Austin Riley and second baseman Ozzie Albies have reached the 30-homer mark for the first time in their careers. First baseman Freddie Freeman also has 30 home runs, which puts the Braves within striking distance of history.

Shortstop Dansby Swanson has 26 home runs. If Swanson can hit four more before the end of the regular season, the Braves’ infield would be the first in MLB history in which each member hit 30 homers.

“No doubt we have the best infield in baseball,” Albies said after Wednesday’s 9-2 win.

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Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies cheerfully comments on his 30-homer, 100 RBI season and the rest of Atlanta's infield.

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The 2008 Marlins were the closest club to achieving a 30-homer infield. Mike Jacob, Dan Uggla and Hanley Ramirez exceeded the 30-homer mark but Jorge Cantu finished with 29 home runs.

Swanson has struggled in September, though. Despite his two hits Tuesday, he’s hitting .127 with one homer this month. He’ll need a sudden power surge if the Braves are going to establish themselves as statistically the most potent infield in MLB history.

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