Braves 2020 Hitting Recap - Part Two

Here are more notes on how the Atlanta Braves did at the plate in 2020
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The Braves hit 103 home runs, 15 off the major league lead of the Dodgers (118)…Those were the only two teams to hit triple-figure home runs this season…This is easily the most home runs any modern-era Braves team has hit in the first 60 games of a season…The 2003 club held the previous record, hitting 94. 

Extrapolated over a 162-game season, the Braves total would pace to 278 home runs…The franchise record was set by last year’s club, who hit 249. • Atlanta hit more home runs this year than over 40 clubs in the franchise’s modern era…For reference, the 2015 clubs hit three fewer (100) in 102 more games.  

The Braves hit an average of 1.72 home runs per game, the highest per-game rate in single-season rate in franchise history. • The Braves hit a home run every 20.14 at-bats this season, also setting a new single-season franchise record...Last year’s club hit a homer every 22.33 at-bats to set the record. 

Five players – Marcell Ozuna (18), Adam Duvall (16), Ronald Acuña Jr. (14) Freddie Freeman (13) and Dansby Swanson (10) – hit double-digit home runs, tied for the most in the majors…The Dodgers, Phillies and White Sox also had this many players hit at least 10 home runs • The Braves hit at least six home runs in a game twice, first on September 9 against the Marlins (7) and then on September 18 at the Mets (6)… This is the first ever Braves team in the modern era with multiple such games in a season. 

Atlanta opened the month of September by hitting three or more home runs in a franchise record five consecutive games, from September 1-5… That was easily the longest such streak in the majors this season…No other team did that in more than three consecutive games… The Braves became just the ninth team in the live-ball era (since 1920) to have at least three homers in five straight games, and the first to do so since the Dodgers last season. 

The Braves then hit two home runs in the following game, on September 6, and their six consecutive games with multiple home runs was tied for the second longest such streak in the major leagues this season…The Yankees did so in eight straight games, from July 26-August 5… Just one team in Atlanta franchise history has had a longer run of multi-homer games...The 1999 Braves had seven straight multi-homer games from August 30 to September 6.  

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