Just half a game behind Washington and Miami for first place, the Braves are on a bit of a slide, losing eight of their past 10 ballgames. Their run differential is also down to a mediocre plus-three.
Through 33 games, plenty of the season still remains. However, some conclusions can be drawn and trends identified. Everyday players have tallied more than 100 at-bats, and many starting pitchers have already thrown 50 innings. This is the time of year when statistics start to take shape, and things can actually be learned from the numbers.
When it comes to Atlanta, the numbers speak clearly. There exists a stark contrast between what this team excels at and what it struggles with. What follows are half a dozen of the stats that speak loudest in terms of who the Atlanta Braves are.