The Atlanta Braves entered Sunday’s regular season finale just two homers short of the single-season record of 307 set by the Twins in 2019. Marcell Ozuna came into the day two homers shy of his first 40-homer season. It was a match made in heaven.
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Ozuna’s 2 Homers Ties Single-Season Record in Final Game
While the 10-9 loss highlighted the pitching staff holes the Braves have in the rotation right now, the offense again showed it had the ability to keep the team competitive.
At the end of April, Ozuna had just two homers, two runs batted in, and a miserable .085 average. People thought his career was over.
Matt Olson finished with a franchise record 54 home runs, Ronald Acuna Jr. had 41 en route to the first 40-homer, 70-steal season, and Ozuna’s two-homer day on Sunday gave him 40 homers on the sesaon.
2023 Braves Have 5 Players with 30+ HRs, 3 Players with 40+ HRs
Atlanta is just the second team to have five players with 30+ homers in a season. They are just the fourth team to ever have three players with 40+ homers. If you don’t count Rockies teams, the 2023 Braves are just the second team to have three players with 40+ homers.
Where 2023 Braves Stand in Baseball History
The club’s .501 slugging percentage is an MLB record.
The Braves 198 offensive runs above average through 161 games, behind only the 1927, 1930, and 1931 New York Yankees.
Atlanta’s 916 RBI are the 21st most in the history of the game. I don’t mean modern-era, that’s all the way back to 1874.
Through 161 games, Atlanta has the third-best wRC+ of all time. They trail the 1927 Yankees 125-124. The only other team ahead of the 2023 Braves in wRC+ is the 1876 Chicago White Stockings, but they only played 66 games.
The 2023 Braves are truly one of the greatest offenses the game of baseball has ever seen.
Atlanta awaits the winner of the Philadelphia and Miami Wild Card Series.