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Braves Clinch Eastern Division

Luke Simpson, Writer

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The Braves clinched the National League Eastern division on September 22nd for the first time since 2013. Coming into the season there were little expectations for a team coined, the “Baby Braves.” In fact, Bleacher Report projected the Braves to go 74 and 88. At this writing, the Braves have 89 wins to 69 losses and have greatly exceeded all expectations.

Saturday’s offense was led by ROTY candidate Ronald Acuna, Freddie Freeman, and Nick Makakis. The pitching staff was led by Sean Newcomb and Mike Foltynewicz. Folty posted a team leading 2.88 ERA with 178 innings pitched and 193 strikeouts. Freeman leads the team in batting average, runs batted in, and hits, with a .308 and 95 RBIs 187 hits. Ronald Acuna leads the team in home-runs, with 26. The bullpen has been good at times, but have proven streaky month by month, so here’s hoping October is a good one for the pitchers and all of the Braves.

Inexperience could prove a major problem — most of the Braves have never played a game in the postseason. But while the core may be young, the willpower and talent is strong. The Baby Braves were not expected to make it this far, so don’t be surprised if they come out and upset some of the best teams out there.

And if not, it was technically supposed to be a rebuilding year. The Atlanta Braves will only get better and better.

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