Matt Olson astonishes fans with his 200th career home run

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Matt Olson has continually impressed Atlanta Braves fans since being brought over from Oakland in 2022. The amount of power he possesses is absolutely incredible to witness on a daily basis. It doesn't hurt that he is great defensively as well.

It seems like the Atlanta Braves have continually been hitting milestones this season. That was no different during the most recent road trip for the Braves. Matt Olson is no stranger to the home run ball but his home run during Saturday's game against the Reds was a historic one.

Career home run #200

Olson launched a two-run homer to center field during the fourth inning of game two of their series with Cincinnati. This was his 24th of the season and his 200th career home run. It also made Olson the NL leader in homers and just one behind Shohei Ohtani.

The homer went 407 feet and was hit over 104 miles per hour. It was a beautiful swing and showed just how comfortable Matt has been at the plate lately. His average may be a little lower than desired but he more than makes up for it with the power.

In his last 10 games played, Olson is batting .293/.370/.878 with a 1.248 OPS. Those are some absolutely eye-popping numbers and show us that Matt has started to figure things out at the plate. Opposing teams are very quickly learning just how dangerous he is when he has a bat in his hands.

Olson wasn't done with homers for the weekend as he hit his 201st career home run on Sunday afternoon which gave him 25 on the season. That 25th homer tied Olson with Shohei Ohtani for the MLB home run lead. Olson is on pace to hit 50+ home runs this season which gives him a chance to break the record of 51 home runs which was set by Andruw Jones.

The Braves' first baseman is a major part of this potent Atlanta offense. Atlanta's offense is first place in OPS, OBP, SLG, HR, and second best as it relates to batting average. Olson has contributed to a good portion of that but the entire team is firing on all cylinders right now.

Olson ties Ohtani for most homers in all of MLB

The day after hitting his 200th career home run, Matt Olson would hit his 25th of the 2023 season. This homer tied him for the MLB lead with Angels superstar, Shohei Ohtani. That is incredible company to keep and would be a fun race to watch those two duke it out for the most homers in baseball.

Olson is currently on pace for 52 home runs and very well could reach that milestone with no problem. 52 homers is one more than the franchise record which was set by Andruw Jones back in 2005. I know Olson strikes out a lot and that's something that we'd love to see him improve but he's absolutely crushing the ball this year.

His OPS is at .890 and his slugging percentage sits at .541 over 77 games played. He hits the ball hard too as his hard-hit percentage sits at 54.3%. Matt carries a 135 wRC+ over that time as well. Olson is doing a great job getting on base as well. He has 50 walks which is the fifth most in all of baseball.

I'm excited to see just how many homers Olson will get in 2023. He's on pace for a historic season for the Braves. How many do you think he will hit?