Braves Preview: Atlanta playing for six-game win streak, sweep of Royals
By Chris Turner
Take a second and think about what these Braves are doing without people like Max Fried, Travis d'Arnaud, and Michael Harris II currently playing. We could be watching something special.
An 11-4 start is Atlanta's best start since the 2013 season, with the offense leading the way behind an incredibly deep lineup. The Braves are currently third in MLB with a .278 team batting average, fifth in RBIs, and second in total hits.
There's a lot of potential to reach the top of those leaderboards when the Braves are 100% healthy. For now, the current team is pretty good themselves, and they're on the verge of a second straight series sweep with Sunday's game against the Royals on the docket.
What's to watch for in Sunday's game
Wright's get-right game
After struggling in his season debut against the Cincinnati Reds, Kyle Wright has a chance to figure things out against a below-average Royals lineup.
The former-first round pick went three innings last Tuesday, allowing four earned runs, walking four, and striking out three.
A strong outing from Wright would help shape up a Braves rotation that's delivered mixed results since Max Fried went down in the season-opener in Washington.
Bobby Witt Jr.
It's just Bobby. Watch Bobby.
While the rest of the team leaves a lot of be desired, Bobby Witt Jr. has put on a show this series against Atlanta. The 22-year old shortstop has six hits this series going into Sunday's game, and ended Saturday's loss with two doubles.
His impact hasn't mattered the last two nights with the Braves offense exploding for 19 runs in that span, but he's still been very fun to watch as always.
Top of the lineup
Everyone (well, almost everyone) has contributed at the plate this series, but the top of the lineup has really stood out in Friday and Saturday's wins.
Ronald Acuña Jr., Matt Olson, Austin Riley, and Sean Murphy are hitting a combined .400 this series, with five home runs and 13 RBIs between the four of them.
Can the top half put together one last big day to send Atlanta off to San Diego with a six-game win streak in hand?