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5 Things We’ve Learned from Atlanta Braves’ First 25 Games

What We've Learned About The Braves This Season

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The Atlanta Braves are a streaky team. They've already had three separate four-game winning streaks as well as a seven-game losing streak. The pitching has been tremendous, leading the National League in team ERA. The offense, however, has held the team back with poor run production.

Here are five other things we've learned about the Braves this season.

5. Jason Heyward Needs to Move Out of Leadoff Spot

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5. Jason Heyward Needs To Move Out of Leadoff Spot

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Heyward shined after moving to the leadoff spot last season, but the right fielder hasn't had the same level of success at the top of the order in 2014. His OBP sits under .300, and his approach at the plate is better suited for driving in runs in the middle of the order.

4. Freddie Freeman Has to Be an All-Star

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4. Freddie Freeman Has to Be an All-Star

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The first baseman has cooled off a bit after a hot start to the season, but is still hitting .307. In the team's 18 wins, Freeman is hitting .397 with six home runs and 15 RBIs. In their 15 losses, Freeman's only hitting .203 with just four RBIs. As Freeman goes at the plate, so go the Braves' chances for victory.

3. Ervin Santana is GM Frank Wren's Best Acquisition

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3. Ervin Santana is GM Frank Wren's Best Acquisition

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Santana probably wouldn't even be a Brave if not for the injuries to Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy, but he has excelled in his first five starts. The team is 4-1 when Santana toes the rubber, and the right-hander has struck out 36 in 33.2 innings.

2. Offense Has to Hit Homers

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2. Offense Has to Hit Homers

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The Braves are living and dying by the home run. They average over 1.5 home runs per game when they win and under 0.5 per game when they lose. The Braves are hitting .201 with RISP as a team, so home runs will continue to provide the bulk of the run production.

1. Dan Uggla Will Not Be Around Much Longer

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1. Dan Uggla Will Not Be Around Much Longer

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The last three seasons have been rough for Uggla, but this season has been particularly difficult. He's hitting only .184, has over five times as many strikeouts as walks, and continues to struggle defensively. WIth Ramiro Pena playing well and Tommy La Stella ready to be called up, Uggla's nearing the end of the line in Atlanta.