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Should we be worried about the Atlanta Braves?

Things are off to a slow start for the Braves. Currently, they stand 4th in the NL East at 4-7. After starting off 0-4, the Braves won 4 straight to get even at 4-4. They’ve lost their last 3 straight, 2 of them to the Marlins, who are the worst team in the NL East. Last night, they gave up 14 runs to the Marlins on 17 hits. For the Braves, it feels like when the offense is good the pitching isn’t and when the pitching is good, the offense isn’t. Things just aren’t clicking for the Braves. 

Currently, the Braves are averaging, per game, 4.3 runs, 7.0 hits, .218 AVG, and are allowing 4.7 runs on 8.3 hits. The pitching staff for the Braves hasn’t looked good, giving up a 4.52 ERA (17th in the MLB) while Max Fried, the Braves “ace” has started the season with an abysmal 11.46 ERA. He gave up 7 earned runs last night against the Marlins taking a loss. 

The offense, on the other hand, hasn’t looked too bad. They most definitely started off slow, forcing manager Brian Snitker to make changes in the lineup. Since then, they look like they’re starting to wake up scoring 8 runs on 11 hits last night. Ronald Acuna Jr. has started off on fire batting .429, 4 HR, 8 RBI, with an OPS of 1.371! He has been one of the few bright spots for the Braves this season. 

It might be a bit early to start worrying, but with how competitive the NL East will be this season, they have to get it together soon. This team almost beat the Dodgers in the NLCS last year, so we know they can be so much better than this.