Atlanta Braves: 5 Things We Learned Through the First Quarter of the Season

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Atlanta Braves: 5 Things We Learned Through the First Quarter of the Season
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A red-hot start propelled the Atlanta Braves to the best record in baseball. Holding that distinction over the course of an entire season proved to be an unrealistic expectation.

Sitting in first place since Opening Day, Atlanta has staked a claim for its first division title since 2005. And they have done so in large part without all of the pieces at their disposal.

Several key players have missed significant time due to injury. Others have underperformed, while one in particular is enjoying a career-best season.

The club boasts an offense with plenty of fire power, but that comes with an Achilles' heel in the form of strikeouts. On the other side, the pitching staff has seen a few peaks and valleys already.

What have we learned about the 2013 Braves to this point? Find out now.

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