Atlanta Braves players who impressed in May despite the team's frustrating struggles

These players had a memorable month of May for the Atlanta Braves.
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Dylan Lee, LHP

Arguably the Braves' most impressive reliever from May has been Lee, who has pitched 12 innings for Atlanta this month. Over that span, Lee owns a 1-0 record with a 0.75 ERA and 12:1 K/BB ratio, while also holding opponents to a combined .250 batting average.

Lee is also likely on his way to a career year, as he currently owns a 1-1 record with a 1.42 ERA and 21:8 K/BB ratio across 25.1 innings pitched, which is essentially the same sample size for the left-hander from a year ago. Don't be surprised if Lee continues this level of play going forward as well.

Reynaldo Lopez, RHP

Likely Atlanta's most impactful free agent signing thus far has been Lopez, who continued his strong start to the year during May. Across his 27.1 innings pitched, which translated to five starts, Lopez owns a 1-1 record with a 1.98 ERA, a 24:10 K/BB ratio, and a .225 AVG against.

Across the 2024 campaign so far, Lopez has made 10 starts for the Braves in which he owns a 3-2 record with a 1.73 ERA and a 55:20 K/BB ratio across 57.1 innings. Lopez has been such a nice surprise for the Braves since the team announced that they would utilize him in the starter role. The only question remaining is if he will be able to sustain this performance all season.

Raisel Iglesias, RHP

Atlanta's closer has continued to impress during May despite having one blown save, as he owns a 2.70 ERA with seven saves across his 10 innings pitched. Iglesias has also posted a 7:3 K/BB ratio over that span, holding opponents to a combined .211 AVG against.

For the season, Iglesias currently owns a 2.53 ERA and 16:5 K/BB ratio across 21.1 IP, along with 14 saves across his 22 total appearances. Based on those numbers, it's clear that the right-hander is on his way to a similar season to his 2023 campaign.

May was a tough month for the Braves as they just couldn't seem to find any consistency on the offensive side of things. However, things seem to be heading in the right direction and hopefully, they will break out in June and show a semblance of the team we all know and love.

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