Are you still worried about the Braves offense?

Despite making zero big moves this off season, so far in 2012 we have seen a brand new Atlanta Braves baseball team. With the exception of the bullpen, everything has been different. The offense has been for the most part carrying the starting rotation and with 12 games down we have come interesting numbers to look at.

The Braves are third in all of baseball in runs scored with 65 behind the Rangers (69) and the Cardinals (70)

I think

Atlanta is tied for first in stolen bases with the Phillies and the Marlins, who all have twelve. The Marlins have been caught stealing 3 times, the Phillies once, and the Braves twice. For some perspective the Braves finished 27th in stolen bases last year with a total of just 77. Michael Bourn and Jason Heyward should both improve that number this season.

The Braves have a decent .269 batting average with runners in scoring position. That’s right in the middle of the pack at 13th in the league. Last season the team hit .249 with runners in scoring position which was 18th in the league.

Over the past 7 days the Braves are hitting .283(8th)/.351(9th)/.490(6th). If we narrow the filter to just National League in that same time period the Braves are 2nd in AVG, 3rd in OBP, and 2nd in SLG percentage. So like I said before the season began the team does have the potential to be one of the better offenses in the league. Michael Bourn is starting to heat up and Tyler Pastornicky, Freddie Freeman, and Dan Uggla haven’t seen things click just yet either so you have a decent argument to say they will get even better.

We will look at some of the pitching numbers after the Diamondbacks game tonight.

Topics: Atlanta Braves, Offense, Stats

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  • http://www.sabbump.org/ clearwall

    I’ll wait to pass judgement until we hit the 60 game mark. Bobby used to say by the time you hit 60, you finally know what team you have and what you need to improve. I dont know if this was just a great two week swing, but I sure hope not. I like that we’ve finally figured out how to hit LH pitching because our division has a TON of it. If that can hold for a few months, then I’ll be ecstatic.
     
    Off hand, does anyone else thing Fransisco looks like a bulkier and LH version of Andruw Jones?

  • FredOwens

    I’ll believe the offense has turned around when they hit with RISP against good teams consistently. The Mets are not – in spite of Uggla and Chipper saying so – a good team with a good rotation. I do think Heyward and Prado are back  but I believe Diaz will fade quickly against superior lefties. Pastornicky will hit well enough too and that could be enough. I hope it is really.
     @clearwall Francisco reported this year up about 60 pounds from last year at the beginning of spring . He’s lost some of that but needs to get in better shape. Unfortunately the season is a bad time for controlled weight loss

  • indierapfan

    People forget that last year almost the entire lineup was below their career averages, and they suffered from BABIP bad luck. I think Greg Walker has them mentally refreshed and it shows after putting up 10 on the DBacks

  • FredOwens

    I liked last night and I love Freddie’s swing. When he’s hot the ball explodes off his bat to the opposite field and with Jason (move him up Fredi- UP I say) doing that too we’re going to go places. About the left hand pitcher explosion, talk to me when we’ve faced Buerhle, Kershaw, Gonzalez  and Bumgarner. If we’re still cheering good at bats I’ll be more convinced.

  • FredOwens

     @indierapfan Agreed he has certainly helped Heyward get back to form and looks to have ended the walk into the box swinging and don’t stop syndrome – well except Dan and Matty who were born doing that . Both things make us more dangerous