By: Nick Wells
The Atlanta Braves continue to exceed expectations one month into the season, led by a strong surge from Ozzie Albies. The 21-year old has been a machine at the plate, leading the National League in runs, doubles, extra base hits, and total bases. As if that isn’t impressive enough, he is also tied for the NL lead in hits and home runs. Albies has been dangerous in the two-spot behind Ender Inciarte, however he made his case for the leadoff spot after crushing the first pitch of the game into the seats against the Phillies on Sunday.
The team continues to empower their young talent by calling up righty Mike Soroka from Gwinnett. The MLB’s No. 30 overall prospect is scheduled to make his debut tonight against the Mets. With the additions of Soroka(20) and Ronald Acuña Jr.(20), the Atlanta is now home to the three youngest players in the major leagues, along with Ozzie Albies(21). Johan Camargo is also starting to show that he deserves more playing time whenever he is featured in the lineup, posting a .294/.368/.706 with a home run and 7 RBI in 17 appearances at the plate this season.
Atlanta is looking to keep up their momentum in May, starting with a series against the division leader New York Mets. The Braves sit a game and a half behind New York alongside the Philadelphia Phillies and could prove themselves worthy of the top spot by taking advantage of this opportunity to take the lead. They will also face the Mets again at the end of the month, after a road trip up north to face Philadelphia and Boston. Boston could prove to be the biggest test of the month, as they are 10-3 at Fenway so far this season and have accumulated the second largest run differential in the American League (+63).
All statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com
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