Fact or Fiction with Atlanta Braves' Early-Season Performances

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Fact or Fiction with Atlanta Braves' Early-Season Performances
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With two months of the season already in the books, we have a relatively strong sample size to determine what's real and what's not as far as statistics are concerned. Of course, some stats take an entire season or even multiple seasons to normalize. However, one-third of the season is a perfect threshold to examine what's to be believed for the remaining two-thirds of 2014.

For the Atlanta Braves, there are a number of stats that jump out in terms of team rankings in hitting and pitching, as well as individual player numbers. It is often hard to tell what's a fact and what's fiction from these. The simplest and perhaps best advice when considering stats is to give a player the benefit of the doubt and expect things to regress back toward the mean. Eventually, everything gets there.

What follows are 10 statistics that give a strong representation of how Atlanta's season is going. After each one, I will tell you which are facts (the implied trend should continue) and which are fiction (the trend should reverse or change in due time).

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