Braves’ success against Cubs helping them stay afloat early

Maybe the Cubs are the Braves’ remedy.

The Braves are 12-12 after walloping Chicago for the third consecutive game Wednesday, 10-0. Since failing to score in the doubleheader against Arizona on Sunday, the Braves have averaged 7.67 runs per game during their thrashing of the Cubs.

As frustrating as their start to the season has been, the Braves’ demolition of the Cubs has kept them afloat. The Braves are 5-1 against Chicago (they won two of three at Wrigley Field earlier this month) and 7-11 against everyone else. They’ve outscored them 23-7 in the first three games of this series, including 15-0 over the past two nights.

Paired with the Mets’ loss, the Braves and Phillies moved into a tie atop the National League East entering play Thursday. The Braves will happily take that after enduring a month of underperformance and injuries.

If the Braves complete the four-game sweep Thursday, they’ll be over .500 for the first time this season. Certainly, they’re hoping to do just that and never look back.