A slow start to the 2022 MLB season left fans doubting if the Atlanta Braves could win back-to-back World Series titles. However, things began picking up in June and into July, leading to the Braves becoming one of the best teams in the campaign's second half.
FanDuel Sportsbook currently has the Braves holding the fifth-best 2022 World Series odds (+1300), solidifying them as championship threats. If that wasn't convincing enough, here are three stats to prove that the Braves are legitimate World Series contenders.
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1. 71.2% Winning Percentage Since June 1 (No. 2)
A 21-6 record in June was the catalyst behind the Braves' turnaround this season. Since June 1, the Braves own a 52-21 record in their last 73 games with a 71.2% winning percentage, which ranks second to only the Los Angeles Dodgers (71.8%) over that stretch. One reason why the Braves have been able to win at that level is that they're stringing together multiple solid showings in a row. They've won at least two games in a row 11 times since the beginning of June. Considering that the playoffs are all about winning more than your opponent in a limited number of games, this is one stat that can help Atlanta succeed this postseason.
2. 186 Home Runs (No. 2)
The New York Yankees lead the MLB with 197 home runs this season, but the Braves are right behind them with 186. Something impressive is that the 11-HR gap between the Braves and Yankees is closer than the one between Atlanta and the third-place Milwaukee Brewers (167). Austin Riley paces his teammates with 31 HRs while Matt Olson has done well as Freddie Freeman's replacement, sending the ball over the outfield wall 26 times. Nine different Atlanta players have multiple home runs this season too, meaning that the majority of the lineup is a threat when they step into the batter's box.
3. 42 Saves (T-No. 1)
Scoring runs is an important part of winning baseball games, but so is closing out a game. Fortunately, the Braves are among the best in that regard, being tied with the Brewers for the most saves this season (42). Kenley Jansen has had his ups and downs as the closer, especially as blown saves are concerned, but is tied for the third-most MLB saves this season (28). He's also recorded six saves without blowing any opportunities in his last nine appearances, recording a 0.93 ERA and 12 strikeouts over 9.2 innings. It looks like the Braves' early season save issues are now behind them and if Jansen can keep playing at his current pace, closing out games shouldn't be an issue in the postseason.
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