A quick look at the Braves this week:
By the numbers
Hits by Ozzie Albies, through Thursday, a single-season record for a Braves second baseman
Runs scored by the Braves trio of Ronald Acuna (127), Freddie Freeman (112) and Ozzie Albies (102), through Thursday. The Red Sox’s Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers are the only other trio in baseball this year to each score 100 runs.
• Atlanta finished 50-31 (.617) at SunTrust Park this year, its most home victories since 2013, when that club went 56-25 at Turner Field, tying the single-season record for most home wins.
• Through Thursday, the Braves have scored 305 times in the seventh inning or later this season, and are the first team to reach 300 such runs in a season since the 2009 Yankees had 336. The Braves have also hit 91 home runs in these late inning. Since 1974, only that 2009 Yankees team has had more such home runs when they hit 92 that season.
“It could end up being something really bad if you’re not careful. So we were better off shutting him down for the remainder of the weekend and then he’ll be ready to go full bore Thursday (NLDS Game 1).”
– Manager Brian Snitker on decision to shut down Ronald Acuna for the final four games of the regular season
“It’s obviously not ideal. But it responded pretty good with that off day last week. So we’re going to hope four days off will be the real trick here where I can have no problems in the last weekend of the season and the postseason.”
– Freddie Freeman on bone spurs in elbow
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