5 things to know about Braves’ six-game homestand


The Braves returned home Monday after leaving California with a 2-4 trip.

They face two lowly opponents, the struggling Mets for two games and the last-place Padres for four this week; though the Padres have played better of late and just took two of three from the Braves on the west coast.

Here’s what to know about the Braves’ immediate future:

1. The Braves have played the fewest home games in the majors (28) entering Wednesday. But they’ll play 12 of their next 14 at SunTrust Park, all against teams below .500.

2. That doesn’t exactly spell success. The Braves are only 10-9 against losing teams. They’ll have ample opportunity to improve that mark: Their 19 games against teams below .500 is the third-fewest in the bigs behind Miami (16) and Texas (18).

3. While it’s resulted only in a 16-12 mark, the Braves boast the most potent home offense in the National League. They average 5.07 runs per game at SunTrust Park, bested only by three American League teams (Cleveland, New York, Boston).

4. The Braves have played 39 divisional games, most in the majors, while posting a 25-14 record in those games.

After their pair of contests with the Mets, the Braves won’t see an NL East rival again until the first series after the All-Star break against the Nationals - a 27-game stretch outside the division.

5. Half the Braves’ week-long homestand will feature day games. The Braves have excelled in the afternoon with a 15-6 mark, opposed to their 22-22 result at night entering Wednesday.


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