The Atlanta Braves rode momentum throughout the 2021 season all the way to their first World Series title since 1995. The team's goal of going back-to-back is going to be no easy task, especially considering the talent that can be found up and down the National League.
The Braves currently have odds set at +140 to win the NL East crown and are tied for the sixth-best odds to win another title at +1300, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Let's take a look at three stats that prove Atlanta is a legitimate World Series contender in 2022.
Atlanta Braves World Series
1. 239 Home Runs in 2021
The Braves took over the 2021 season when it came to a power hitting perspective. They finished No. 3 in the league with 239 home runs as a team and featured five players that smacked 24 or more long balls during the regular season. The loss of Freddie Freeman is certainly going to sting, but keep in mind Atlanta was able to re-sign Eddie Rosario and traded for slugger Matt Olson. Olson has posted at least 36 home runs in each of his last two full seasons and has racked up 202 RBI during that span. The Braves look poised to remain a nasty team at the plate.
2. Kenley Jansen's 2.37 Career ERA
Atlanta already possessed one of the better bullpen units in baseball before signing three-time All-Star Kenley Jansen to a one-year deal in free agency. The Braves tied for the 10th-best bullpen ERA last season (3.97) and now add a pitcher to the mix that boasts an impressive career ERA of 2.37. Overall, Jansen has logged 350 saves over 12 MLB seasons and struck out 86 batters in 69.0 innings of work in 2021. The trio of Jansen, Willl Smith and Tyler Matzek should provide Atlanta with a ton of shutdown innings late in games this season. No opposing batter is going to be comfortable.
3. 72 Errors in 2021
One aspect of the game that is beginning to be overlooked is playing clean defense. Teams that make a ton of errors or take bad routes to fly balls end up giving up runs that could be the difference between winning and losing. That is not the case for the Braves. Atlanta finished the 2021 season tied for the fifth-fewest errors in baseball (72) and had two players on the roster earn Gold Gloves (Max Fried and Adam Duvall). Manager Brian Snitker has always stressed the importance of solid defense and the recent ban on shifts will cause teams to step up even more out on the field. That gives the Braves a massive advantage.
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