The Braves team ERA in the first seven games of the season is an outstanding 2.47 and opponents are only hitting .232 so far. If Derek Lowe, Tim Hudson, and Brandon Beachy can pitch like they have early on at all and Tommy Hanson turns it around, then the Braves will have one of the best rotations in baseball. Not to mention that Jair Jurrjens is currently out with an injury and Mike Minor is a better pitcher than what he showed in a start in his place.
The offense is also going to improve on .223 batting average and the runs will start coming at a high rate. They have thrived so far off of solo home runs (other than Jason Heyward's three-run dinger against the Brewers), but you add a runner or two in those situations and some more manufacturing of runs like in the second inning of the finale with the Brewers and you have a much improved offense over what we have seen in six of the first seven games.
The Braves now head back to Atlanta to host the Philadelphia Phillies over the weekend, a matchup that will give the victor an early advantage over what is expected to be a battle all season long for the NL East title. After finishing up with them on Sunday, the Braves will host a three game series with the Florida Marlins starting Tuesday. That will then be followed by a three-game series with the New York Mets.
The next week, while just one of many in the long season, is an important one in the division as that be nine straight games against their rivals. If the Braves can take six or seven of these games, the fans and team should be very happy.