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MLB Saturday Review: Atlanta Braves in red hot form

It has been a wild week for the Atlanta Braves in the best way possible as they are currently riding an MLB best seven wins in a row, which includes Saturday’s 6-4 win over the Washington Nationals.

During this win streak, the Braves are winning in just about every way you can think of. This includes high-scoring games, low-scoring games, and most importantly, they’ve shown they can come back on teams, further proving that their lineup should be considered one of the best and deepest in all of baseball. 

In fact, five of their wins saw them come back from a deficit in the fifth inning or later. 

They are averaging 6.85 runs per game during this win streak as well, and have scored at least five runs in six of their seven victories. 

Their pitching could certainly improve though, as they have allowed an average of 4.57 runs per game. 

That being said, even if their starting pitchers had a rough start, they quickly recovered and kept the Braves in the game long enough for their offense to go to work in the second half of the game. 

This win streak has also helped the Braves open a 5.5 game lead in the National League East division over the Miami Marlins in second. 

On top of that, the Braves own the best record in the National League overall. 

With how resilient this team has been over the past week alone, they should easily be considered as one of the World Series favorites. 

Baltimore continues to sizzle

The Baltimore Orioles are another team that continues to play at the highest level. 

With their win over the lowly Kansas City Royals on Saturday, the Orioles have now won three games in a row. 

This improves them to 40-24 on the season, and while they are still 5.5 games behind the American East-leading Tampa Bay Rays, they are currently the top Wild Card team and hold a 3.5 game advantage over the chasing pack. 

During their three-game win streak, the Orioles are averaging 5.0 runs per game, while allowing only 2.0 runs per game. 

This is a big improvement, albeit over a small stretch because overall, the Orioles rank just 16th in the league with a team ERA of 4.15. 

There is a question over whether the Orioles can be a true World Series contender or not, or even just in the American League, but the fact remains that the Orioles are a very good team this season and should be taken seriously every time they take the field. 

San Diego figuring it out

The San Diego Padres are enduring a lackluster season up to this point to say the least, but their recent winning stretch could indicate they are on the cusp of turning their slow start around. 

The Padres have won three games in a row, most recently a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. 

The Padres are now just 31-33 on the season and are trailing the Arizona Diamondbacks by 8.0 games in the National League West. 

That being said, they are now fully in the Wild Card picture, trailing the Milwaukee Brewers, the final Wild Card team, by 2.5 games. 

During their three-game win streak, the Padres are averaging 7.33 runs per game, while allowing just 3.66 runs per game. 

Their offense has improved the most during this stretch, as the Padres are averaging 4.21 runs per game overall to rank just 28th in the league. 

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