The Braves certainly do love their home runs.
Atlanta hit three more of them on Sunday to earn another series win in a 5-3 victory over the Marlins. Since the start of August, the Braves lead the National League in home runs, and are now 18-4 in the 22 games they have hit three or more home runs this season. Though they may be a bit too reliant on the long ball at times, it certainly is a reliable source of success for the Braves.
Freddie Freeman connected with his 30th home run of the season on Sunday, It may come as a bit of surprise to some that this is only the third time Freeman has hit over 30 home runs in a season. However, it is just another achievement in a three year stretch that continues to validate Freeman as one of the top five or ten best hitters in baseball. With his home run, Freeman is the only player to be among the top five hitters in baseball in home runs, runs, hits, rbis and walks since the start of 2019. After a bit of a recent slump, Freeman is starting to heat back up during the home stand.
- For the second straight start, Max Fried was not at his absolute best but still had more than enough to earn the victory for the Braves. The bullpen supported Fried with three scoreless innings to earn the win.
- At MLB.com, the most overlooked player is examined for each team. For the Braves, it is Luke Jackson. With the recent injury to Chris Martin and struggles of Tyler Matzek, Will Smith, and Rich Rodriguez, the production of Jacob Webb and Luke Jackson has been very clutch.
- In the latest Talking Chop podcast, Zach Dillard of Bally Sports South stops by to discuss a variety of topics with 20 games left in the season for Atlanta.
- With an off day in place Monday, the Braves enjoy a 4 1⁄2 game lead in the NL East once again after the Phillies dropped three out of four games over the weekend against the Rockies.
- The Mets remain five games behind the Braves after a wild 7-6 victory of the Yankees. Tensions were high after a Giancarlo Stanton home run earlier in the game was followed by the game winning long ball off the bat of Francisco Lindor. Lindor was certainly the difference maker with three total home runs on the night.
- On Sunday, Max Scherzer became the 19th MLB pitcher to achieve 3,000 strikeouts. Scherzer continues to make history nearly every time he pitches, and has arguably been one of the best tradeline acquisitions in recent memory for the Dodgers.