5 Atlanta Braves Stats That Will Win Them World Series
5 Stats That Will Win Braves World Series
The Atlanta Braves should be one of the favorites to come out of the National League and make an appearance into the World Series. The Braves have been successful pretty much all year long and most of it has come down to the pitching. Even with the injury to Tim Hudson, Julio Teheran, Kris Medlen and Mike Minor have stepped up to lead the staff. The bullpen has also been lights out once again this year led by all-world closer Craig Kimbrel.
The lineup has overcome a ton of strikeouts, a struggle to hit with runners in scoring position and two everyday players hitting under .185 for the entire season (B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla) to at least become serviceable. When your pitching is as deep and as talented as the Braves’, serviceable is all you really need from your lineup.
Chris Johnson and Freddie Freeman have carried the offense all season long and will have to continue to do so in the playoffs if the Braves want any shot of advancing. They are tied with the St. Louis Cardinals right now for the best record in the National League and home-field advantage throughout the entire National League Playoffs with two games to play. This would be huge for the Braves as they are a major league-best 55-24 at home this season. That might be all they need to push them to the pennant, but there are other numbers there as well.
Here are five Atlanta Braves stats that will win them the World Series.
Total number of homeruns for the Braves lineup, best in the National League. The Braves’ offense lives and dies by the long ball and it is the easiest way to score runs if they can continue the trend. Justin Upton led the team with 26 and a total of five guys hit 20 or more, making the Braves offense highly dangerous if they get hot.
Measures the Braves Left on Base Percentage for their staff, second-highest total in all of baseball. The Braves staff, especially the bullpen, does an excellent job stranding runners when they get on base, allowing very few inherited runners to score. This is big in the playoffs and will be a big factor for the Braves.
This number is the strikeout percentage of the Atlanta Braves pitching staff, good for third in the National League. The Braves pitchers get a ton of strikeouts which is beneficial to minimizing mistakes in the field.
This is Freddie Freeman’s number in the category of Runs Created, 13th overall in all of Major League Baseball. Freeman is responsible for a majority of the runs scored this season and will be the focal point of the team’s offense.
1. 3.16 ERA
This is the ERA of the pitching staff of the Braves this season, best in all the majors. They don’t give up many runs which is huge considering the struggles of their offense occasionally. They will need to rely heavily on those arms to make a run in October.