By Eric Schmidt

At the start of the season, many pundits proclaimed that the Washington Nationals were not only the team to beat in the NL East, but in the entirety of major league baseball, predicting a World Series Championship. Early on in the season, the Atlanta Braves are having a little something to say about those preseason predictions. Atlanta holds a 11-1 overall record and just completed a weekend sweep of the Washington Nationals.

In three games, the Braves hit the Nationals pitching staff hard, racking up 18 runs in their series, outscoring Washington 18-5. Dating back to last season, the Braves have won seven straight against the Nationals.

Atlanta now has the best record in the majors and has been explosive at the plate outscoring their opponents 62-23 in their first 12 games. Justin Upton continued his hot streak, hitting his league leading seventh home run of the season. Upton did not hit his seventh homer until June 23rd last season. The pitching staff has had a little say in the outcome of games as well so fr this season. The Braves rank first in team ERA (1.82), first in WHIP (101) and first in BAA (.200).

The Braves are in the midst of a six game road streak and have now won nine in a row. Atlanta returns home for a quick two-game series with the Kansas City Royals before taking to the road again for another 10 games.


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