A quick look at the Braves with numbers, notes and quotes:
By the numbers
On-base streak for Ronald Acuna, a career-best, through Wednesday. The streak began on June 19 and is the longest in the majors. It’s the Braves’ longest on-base streak since 2016, when Freddie Freeman reached in 46 straight games from Aug. 6-Sept. 28.
Career double-digit strikeout games by Dallas Keuchel after he fanned 12 batters against the Royals Tuesday. All five of his previous double-digit strikeout games came in his Cy Young-winning season of 2015.
“I know we can get hot at any point in time. These guys can start clicking. It’s hard to carry what we did in June, but we’re better than we’ve shown the last two nights too. It’s just one of those things where we have to keep getting after it.”
– Manager Brian Snitker after two home losses to Royals
“That’s still fair (to say). We’re always evaluating. We have a general sense. It’s fair to say we can be better. We’re evaluating prices on all the players who are available. We’re like everybody else. We’re engaged. We’re monitoring.”
— General manager Alex Anthopoulos on evaluating needs ahead of trade deadline
The Braves were shut out against the Royals Wednesday, marking only the third time this season they have failed to score. The other were against the Phillies on July 2 and the Dodgers May 7. The Padres and Diamondbacks are the only National League teams to have been shut out fewer times, both twice.
Freddie Freeman (through Wednesday) ranks tied for third in the National League in RBIs (79), eighth in average (.303) and tied for 10th in home runs (25).
The Braves conclude a three-game series Sunday at the Phillies. They then move on to another key divisional road series against the Nationals Monday-Wednesday. A four-game home series against the Reds is next.
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