Ask anyone who the hottest team in baseball is and the answer is simple: the Atlanta Braves. After a 23-27 start to the year, the Braves have gone 16-2 in June, which includes a 14-game winning streak to begin the month.
While some managers would call a team meeting and yell at their players in hopes of turning things around, that isn't what Brian Snitker did. Instead, the Braves skipper called a meeting a meeting ahead of a road matchup against the Arizona Diamondbacks and simply told his team to relax. As they say, the rest is history.
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Snitker said that part of the Braves' slow start to the year could have had something to do with their World Series run, which ran into November. Now that the team has had more of a chance to get their legs under them, Atlanta is starting to play the type of baseball that fans have been waiting for.
"I don't know if hangover is the right word. The effort was there but there is an effect of a deep, long playoff race."- Brian Snitker
It remains to be seen if the Braves can continue their run for the remainder of June and beyond. Since the beginning of the month, they rank fourth across the Majors in runs scored (112), second in home runs (39), third in team batting average (.276) and tied for first in extra-base hits (81).
When it comes to the other side of the ball, the Braves pitchers have combined for a 2.60 ERA in June (No. 2) while striking out 10.4 batters per nine innings (No. 2). As long as the batters and pitchers continue their current pace, Atlanta should continue trending upward.
Even if things have been going well, Snitker and co. might want to add some more depth if they hope to repeat as champions. The MLB trade deadline is coming up at the beginning of August and it'd be in the Braves' best interest to operate as buyers.
Braves World Series Odds
Atlanta's recent run has some believing in the club's chances of winning back-to-back championships. The Braves are available at +1300 to win the 2022 World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook, putting them in a tie with the San Diego Padres for sixth-best odds.
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