Atlanta Braves News: Matt Olson Claims Single-Season RBI Record

Atlanta Braves News: Los Bravos first baseman Matt Olson recently surpassed Andruw Jones‘ single-season home run record of 51. Tonight he claimed the single-season RBI record against the Cubs.

In the first inning, he ripped a line drive to right field off of Marcus Stroman to claim the RBI record with a two-run homer. The homer gave the Braves a 2-1 lead.

His 54th homer of the season gave him the record-setting 136th RBI. Olson’s mark surpassed Eddie Matthews’ previous record of 135 set in the 1953 season. This is, of course, a modern-era record.

Olson has stepped out of Freddie Freeman‘s shadow and begun creating his own in Atlanta. He has claimed the records to crown his 2023 as the greatest power hitting season in Braves history.

The homer gave the Braves 47 first-inning homers this year. That is a major league record, as well. The homer was also the Braves 304th of the season, leaving them three shy of the single-season record set by the 2019 Twins.

Olson is now hitting .282 with a .997 OPS on the season.

The Cubs have to be excited to get out of Atlanta as the Braves are severely damaging their playoff hopes. The Cubs and Marlins entered the day tied for the final spot in the Wild Card race, just one-and-a-half games ahead of the Reds.

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