Colorado Rockies series preview: Coming home to face Atlanta

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 24: Chad Bettis
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ATLANTA, GA – AUGUST 08: Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves rounds second base after hitting a solo homer in the first inning against Philadelphia Phillies at SunTrust Park on August 8, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA – AUGUST 08: Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves rounds second base after hitting a solo homer in the first inning against Philadelphia Phillies at SunTrust Park on August 8, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

The Braves offense

The Braves offense is an offense that has struggled all season. They do have a good team batting average of .259 (which is 4th in the National League and 8th overall in baseball) and 208 doubles (6th in the NL and 11th in baseball) but that is where the good numbers end.

In nearly every other offensive stat, they are in the bottom half of baseball and/or the National League. They include in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS+, runs, and triples.

As a result of seeing these numbers, you can see that the Braves hit a lot of singles and doubles but fail to drive runners in. After all, they are 20th in baseball in runs for a reason. They are very impatient at the plate as they are dead last in the National League in walks and they don’t hit for much power in ways of triples and home runs as they are in the bottom five in baseball in each category.

Freddie Freeman is their best offense player. He was injured for part of the season but in 71 games in 2017, he has 85 hits, 57 runs, 18 doubles, 21 home runs, 48 RBI, seven stolen bases, a .322 batting average, a .424 on-base percentage, a .636 slugging percentage, and OPS+ of 170 (100 is league average). He, essentially, is the Braves version of Nolan Arenado (but he’s not as good defensively. Good, but not Arenado good.)

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