Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr. heads home hitting his 34th home run of the season during the fourth inning against the New York Mets to take a 4-1 lead with the solo shot in a MLB baseball game on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
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Photo: ccompton@ajc.com/Curtis Compton

5 things to know about Braves’ season-best 22 games over .500

A quick look at the Braves this week: 

By the numbers 

22

With the Braves victory over the Mets Wednesday, they moved to a season-high 22 games over .500 with a 72-50 record. It’s the team’s high-water mark over the last six years. The last time the Braves were 22 games or better over .500 was 2013, when they finished the season 96-66. The Braves recorded their 70th win, in 120 games, on Sunday. It was the fastest the team had reached the 70-win mark since 2013, when they did so in 115 games.

100

Number of runs Ronald Acuna has scored this season (through Wednesday), second-most in the majors, after he crossed the plate in the first inning of Tuesday’s win over the Mets.

Notable

Freddie Freeman has a chance to drive in 130 runs this season. Only four Braves in the modern era have reached 130 RBI in a season: Eddie Mathews (135), Hank Aaron (132 and 130), Gary Sheffield (132) and Wally Berger (130).

The Braves have won only six times in 17 games following an off day, a .353 winning percentage. 

Quotable

“What he’s meant for this club, the big hits, the consistency, the improvement in his game. I was thinking about that today. I went and looked at his stats and he’s right there with everybody on everything. I was thinking, ‘Shoot. This kid’s got to be right there in this MVP voting.’ ”

Brian Snitker, on Ronald Acuna

“As a young GM, I was pretty militant with innings and things like that, and it didn’t work. Even when I was in L.A, obviously they’re as good an organization as you can find, we were very cautious with Julio Urias, and he still got hurt. You can go through a lot of examples. We’ve talked to both of them about being open and communicating with us. I think Snit’s done a good job when he’s been able to save some bullets. We don’t skip our fifth starter. We take advantage of the off days, and we watch them start-to-start.” 

Alex Anthopoulos, on limiting innings of Max Fried and Mike Soroka

Look ahead

The Braves wrap up a three-game series against the Dodgers at home on Sunday. After a day off on Monday, they conclude their nine-game homestand with three games against the Marlins. The week concludes with a trip to New York for a three-game rematch against the Mets.

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