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Braves on Verge of Setting Bizarre MLB Record

Larry Rupp
The Atlanta Braves are on the verge of setting a bizarre MLB record.
The Atlanta Braves are on the verge of setting a bizarre MLB record. / AP Photos/Nick Wass
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The Braves have their eyes set on being the first back-to-back World Series champions since the New York Yankees won three straight titles from 1998-2000. Atlanta has already clinched a playoff spot, but eight games are left before it can claim one of the most bizarre MLB regular season records.

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The Braves have yet to hit a sacrifice bunt in 2022. Not a single one has been recorded over 1,377 innings of play (154 games). That is something that has never been done in MLB history outside of the shortened 2020 season. The Rays, Reds and Brewers each posted zero sacrifice bunts that year.

It's hard to fathom why Atlanta has never been in a situation in which it believes it is beneficial to bunt a runner from first to second base or from second to third base. That's especially true when taking into consideration a runner is always placed at second base with no outs in every single extra inning.

Manager Brian Snitker must trust his hitters to keep the ball in play and earn bases via walks or hits. It's a strategy that has certainly worked out for the Braves. Atlanta owns a 96-58 record, is averaging 4.90 runs per game (No. 3 in MLB) and has logged a .318 team on-base percentage (No. 10 in MLB).

With the NL East division still within reach, this record isn't set in stone just yet. The Braves know how crucial each win moving forward is and could still hit a sacrifice bunt to secure a pivotal run. Keep in mind the Braves and New York Mets meet for a three-game series starting on Friday, September 30.

For now, Atlanta has odds set at +950 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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