A quick look at the Braves this week:
By the numbers
Number of outfield assists from Ronald Acuna in Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to the Blue Jays. After singles to right field, Acuna threw out Cavan Biggio in the third inning and Rowdy Tellez in the eighth inning.
Johan Camargo’s batting average (through Wednesday) in his first 12 games since being sent to Triple A Gwinnett. Camargo is 27 of 51 with six doubles, two home runs and 14 RBIs.
• Ronald Acuna and Freddie Freeman are both on pace to reach 40 home runs while Josh Donaldson is on pace to hit 39 this season. Three teams in major league history have had three players reach 40 home runs in a season, including once with the Braves. In 1973, Davey Johnson (43), Darrell Evans (41) and Hank Aaron (40) all reached the mark.
• The Braves have won the last eight starts by Mike Foltynewicz, dating to June 11. Foltynewicz has earned three of those wins while compiling a 5.27 ERA.
“Nobody’s told me we’re in the playoffs yet, so I’m not doing anything but trying to win that night because until we clinch the division, you’re not guaranteed anything. Our lead is not insurmountable by any stretch, so every game is really important right now to win.”
— Brian Snitker on not resting players or limiting pitchers
“Major League Baseball has some things to think about because I don’t think the game is as exciting anymore, the way they’ve juiced these balls. I think their thoughts were that home runs were going to be a good thing, but when (about) 60 percent of the runs are scored via home run, there’s no action on the bases or in the field. It’s a strike out or a home run, and it’s kind of become a boring game for fans.”
— Mark Melancon on increase in home runs
Following a three-game homestand with the White Sox that ends Sunday, the Braves play six more home games. They host the Blue Jays (Monday-Tuesday) and a key four-game series against the Nationals (Thursday-Sunday).
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