Braves 2020 Hitting Recap - Part One

Here are some notes on how the Braves did at the plate in 2020
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The Braves scored 348 runs this season, the second most in the major leagues…The Dodgers scored one more run (349)… Atlanta scored the most runs any modern-era (since 1900) Braves team has scored in the first 60 games of a season…The 1900 Boston Beaneaters set the old mark at 346, before the 2003 team matched them…The Braves’ 5.8 runs per game was the highest total in the franchise’s modern era…The 1894 team holds the overall franchise record, scoring 9.17 runs per game over 133 games (1,220 total runs). 

MLB ranks: OPS (.832, 1st), on-base % (.349, 1st), doubles (130, 1st), extra-base hits (236, 1st), total bases (1,001, 1st), batting average (.268, 2nd), slugging % (.483, 2nd). • Atlanta’s league-leading .832 OPS was the highest of any Braves team in the modern era …In fact, only 27 teams since 1900 have posted a higher team OPS than Atlanta’s this season…The highest this century was set by the 2003 Red Sox, who had a .851 team OPS…The 1930 Yankees hold the record in this period (.872). 

The Braves had a major league-most 10 games scoring double-digit runs…No other team had more than eight…The Braves averaged a double-digit scoring output once every six games, which would equate to 27 double-digit efforts over a full 162-game season...The Braves record for such games in a full season is 26 games with at least 10 runs, set by the 2003 club. 

Atlanta scored four or more runs in 41 games, and went 31-10 (.756) in those games…The Braves’ 41 games scoring at least four times was tied for the fourth most such games in the majors with the Padres…Only the Dodgers (46), Giants (42) and Angels (42) had more of these games. • Conversely, the Braves were 4-15 (.211) when scoring three or fewer runs…They were shut out just three times. 

The Braves scored 128 runs with two outs, the fourth-most two-out runs in the majors, trailing the Padres (137), the Dodgers (136) and the White Sox (133)… The Braves scored 294 of these runs last season, tied for the 14th most in baseball. • Atlanta hit .270 with runners in scoring position, the ninth highest in baseball…However, with a runner on third and less than two outs, the Braves struck out a major league-most 37 times…The average major league team struck out 24.3 times in these situations this season. 29 RUNS: The Braves set a modern-era National League record for runs scored in a 29-9 win over Miami on September 9...The Braves fell one run shy of the overall modern-era record, set by Texas in a 30-3 win at Baltimore on August 22, 2007. 

The Braves became the fourth team in the modern era to score at least 29 runs in a game, and just the second to do so at home...The Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Browns 29-4 on June 8, 1950 at Fenway Park... The only other team to score 29 runs in a game was the 1955 Chicago White Sox, who beat Kansas City, 29-6, on April 23, 1955...The White Sox were then shut out in the next two games. 

The Braves overall franchise record for runs scored in a game is 30, set on June 9, 1883, as the Boston Beaneaters in a 30-8 win over the Detroit Wolverines...That Beaneaters club then scored 29 runs in a 29-4 win over the Philadelphia Quakers later that season on June 20...Both of those wins came at home. 

The last home team to score more than 29 runs in a game was the Chicago Colts, who beat the Louisville Colonels, 36-7, on June 29, 1897 at the West Side Grounds. • The Braves were shut out the day prior to their record-setting night... Before their 29-run outburst, the most runs a team had scored in the next game following a shutout was 26 by the New York Giants on April 30, 1944 in the first game of a doubleheader vs. Brooklyn...Thanks to Elias for the research. 

The Braves hit seven home runs in the game, including three from Adam Duvall, the most by the club since hitting a franchise record-tying eight on May 28, 2006 at Wrigley Field against the Cubs and the most the club has ever hit in a home game.  

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