2019 Braves are running more, and it's noticeable to the opposition

A couple of promising stats for Atlanta's home opener...

Knox Bardeen
April 01, 2019 - 12:05 pm
Atlanta Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte

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While SunTrust Park has announced the Atlanta Braves home opener Monday versus the Chicago Cubs has been sold out, there’s cautious optimism surrounding the fans of the franchise currently.

Fans have been peppering our station’s social media and calling in this morning to complain about a myriad of items: The bullpen woes, the leadoff spot, depth on the pitching rotation and oh, the Braves’ 0-3 start to the season.

These notions are based in reality – at least as much as can be taken from an incredibly small sample size of three out of 162 games in the 2019 season – but, time is supposed to heal all wounds. And while a quick free-agent pitcher signing might be the best medicine right now, some good statistical new might be on point.

Here are two focal points to know as the Braves prepare for their home opener Monday:

THE BRAVES ARE RUNNING

Only one team (the Seattle Mariners) has attempted more stolen bases this season than the Braves.

Atlanta ranked 10th last season with 0.77 stolen bases per game. So far, through three games, the Braves have attempted two per game, on average.

With three stolen bases and three unsuccessful attempts, the Braves at six trail Seattle by one stolen base attempt.

Gabe Burns, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, joined Jon Chuckery on Saturday and commented that one of the big differences between the 2018 and 2019 Braves, as perceived through a conversation with Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper, was Atlanta’s aggressiveness on the base paths.

SWANSON’S WRIST SEEMS FINE

Through three games, shortstop Dansby Swanson has put five balls into play. His double and home run have led to his .250 batting average while three other batted balls didn’t find holes in Philadelphia’s defense.

In 2018, 32 of Swanson's 190 batted fair balls eclipsed 99 MPH with an average exit velocity of 86.8 MPH (ranked 204th in MLB).

This season three of Swanson's five balls have eclipsed 99 MPH with an average exit velocity of 99.12 MPH.

Swanson’s hitting the ball much harder than he did last season, which is great news. Especially once those balls start finding places to land against opposing defenses.

 

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