The teams with higher local TV ratings in the first half of this season than the Braves were the Brewers, Cardinals, Twins, Indians, Reds, Pirates, Red Sox, Royals, Astros, Phillies, Padres, Cubs and Rockies, in that order.
The Brewers had MLB’s highest local TV rating in the first half of the season at 6.34, followed by the Cardinals at 6.22 and the Twins at 6.12.
The rating is the percentage of households in a market watching the telecasts on average.
The Braves are off Thursday before embarking on an important six-game road trip to the other two NL East contenders. They open a three-game series at third-place Philadelphia on Friday, then play a three-game set at second-place Washington starting Monday. The Braves return home for the start of a four-game series against Cincinnati on Aug. 1, the day after the trade deadline.
> In this clip from an interview during the telecast of Wednesday night's game, Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos said "as we sit here today" his team's focus at the trade deadline likely would be more on the bullpen than on the starting rotation:
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