No National League team in any month have hit as many home runs as the 56 the Braves connected on in June, and no team in the majors could match their 20 victories in the month.
The best month ever? Up 5 1/2 games over the Phillies in the National League East, on pace to win 91 games and with a trio of All-Stars, Atlanta is cruising and the clear class of a division of teams searching for answers.
It doesn't mean the Braves have solved it all, but in what's shaping up to be the Year of the Home Run, Atlanta is doing it as well as anyone in the NL, ranking second with 132 HRs and 461 runs.
Discussing All-Star thoughts and more as we dive into the week that was and what's to come for the Braves in Three Cuts.
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1. Braves have the right players headed to Cleveland
With a whopping seven Braves making the All-Star Starters Election, two made the cut in Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuña Jr., who were joined by Mike Soroka with Sunday's announcement of the pitchers and reserves.
Argue about any Braves' snubs all you want (which we'll do shortly), but it's hard to argue that the right players didn't make the initial cut for the defending NL East champs.
Freeman topped all first basemen with a .418 wOBA in May and June and in the NL is second in homers (22), doubles (22) and RBI (63) and set a Braves single-season record with 33 in June and Acuña is the league's fifth-most valuable outfielder at 3.1 fWAR, and the Braves have gone 32-15 since he moved to the leadoff spot. Meanwhile, Soroka is second in the majors with a 2.13 ERA with a microscopic 0.43 HR/9 that's MLB's best.
The new version of the All-Star vote -- where every team had an eligible player at each position -- catered to fanbases both massive and passionate, hence the Braves equalling the Astros and Cubs for the most players in the Starters Election. There was a fear from many watching it unfold that we'd see a situation where those same fans could rule the voting, leaving a number of deserving players on the outside looking in.
Instead, the new voting basically trimmed the fat from the ballots, and with more fans voting for each position with their heads instead of their hearts, those fan bases that dominated the early voting didn't have the same effect on the final results.
It wasn't just the Braves that saw that early support die down in the end, as the Astros, Cubs and the Yankees -- who had six finalists -- all got just two starters, (Chicago did add another position player, Kris Bryant, as a reserve, Houston had two pitchers and the Yankees had one).
There's a chance that the Braves could still get another player in, with the possibility of players dropping out due to injury, but after all the scrutiny of the new voting, MLB and its collective fans in the first year got it right -- even if it left some ravenous fanbases seething.
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2. So who was the Braves' biggest snub?
Let's break down the resumes of the other Braves to make the finalists cut but not hear their names called.
Dansby Swanson is the seventh-most valuable NL shortstop (1.6 fWAR, while the top three most valuable -- the Cubs' Javier Baez, Rockies' Trevor Story and Cardinals' Paul DeJong all got in -- Josh Donaldson is seventh at third (1.9 fWAR) and the top three in terms of fWAR at that spot -- the Rockies' Nolan Arenado, Nationals' Anthony Rendon and Cubs' Bryant -- made the cut.
Same with Brian McCann, who is tied for ninth among catchers (0.7 fWAR), while the top three -- the Cubs' Wilson Contreras, Brewers' Yasmani Grandal and the Phillies' J.T. Realmuto -- are in and Nick Markakis (34th among outfielders at 0.1 fWAR), as the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger (first in fWAR), Brewers' Christian Yelich (second), Acuña (fifth), the Mets' Jeff McNeil (sixth), the Rockies' Charlie Blackmon (eighth) and Rockies' David Dahl (13th) were selected.
Granted, Max Fried has had a better season than the Marlins' Sandy Alcantara, a 1.0 fWAR pitcher, but you can make the same case for 12 other starters that didn't make the NL team.
Ozzie Albies, though, may be the biggest point of frustration.
He led all NL second basemen with 2.2 million votes during the primary voting period and wound up losing to the Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte, who had half as many votes. But Marte has been the most valuable player at the position in the NL at 3.7 fWAR.
Albies, meanwhile, is fifth among NL second basemen in wRC+ (107) and fWAR (1.7), and is hitting 27 percent lower than the Brewers' Mike Moustakas, who also has 10 more homers and is a 2.6 fWAR player.
If you take into account what Albies has done since moving down in the order, there isn't a 6-8 hitter that has been more productive than his hitting 27 percent above league average with a .313 average and .370 wOBA.
His not being an All-Star is tough, but it's hard to argue him in over any of the players who made the cut at second after Sunday's announcement.
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3.Anthony Swarzak's injury creates worries around an improved bullpen
Since Swarzak's arrival on May 20, the Braves' once-beleaguered bullpen has transformed, producing MLB's best ERA at 2.75, while also ranking second in the NL in strikeouts with 157.
The veteran Swarzak has been the centerpiece, posting a 0.52 ERA in 17 1/3 innings with 21 strikeouts and six walks, but that newfound consistency of the relief corps was dealt a blow for the time being Sunday.
Atlanta announced that Swarzak was going to the 10-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation retroactive to June 29, an issue that plagued him last season with the Mets and caused him to miss most of spring training with the Mariners.
The Braves' 15 blown saves are tied for fourth-most in the NL and with the team's most reliable reliever out, a worrisome situation is likely to push the need for relief help back to the forefront. Coupled with uncertainty in the rotation after Mike Foltynewicz's demotion with deals with teams that can offer help on both fronts (the Indians with Trevor Bauer/Corey Kluber and Brad Hand) or the Giants (Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith) could be more appealing.
The Braves figured to be in the market for pitching help as we head toward the trade deadline, but with Swarzak on the heels of Foltynewicz's struggles, it feels that much more likely.