The Atlanta Braves are steamrolling opponents right now. On Tuesday, they won their 13th straight game, improving their record this season to 36-27. That's a season-high nine games over .500. The 13-game winning also has historical significance to it. The Braves became the first defending World Series champs during the expansion era (since 1961) to win that many games consecutively.
The Braves go for their 13th straight win today, which would pass the 2018 Astros for the longest by a defending champion in the Expansion Era (since 1961).
They won't have Ozzie Albies, who broke his foot in Monday's game. Albies ranks 4th among 2B in WAR since 2018 (14.7). pic.twitter.com/hN2fpx7kE9
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They passed the 2018 Houston Astros, who had won 12 straight games the year after winning the World Series.
The Braves win streak seemingly came out nowhere. They struggled out of the gates, especially offensively. But players like Dansby Swanson, Austin Riley and Travis D'Arnaud have really come around of late. It also helps that the best player on the team, Ronald Acuna Jr., returned from the injured list. Acuna Jr. had been out since the middle of last season with a torn ACL.
Not all of the news is good for Atlanta though. The Braves placed All-Star Ozzie Albies on the 60-day IL with a fractured left foot. There is no specific timetable for his return yet. It needs to be determined whether or not Albies will require surgery. However, he is out for at least two months, which is a huge blow to the Braves.
Albies was hitting .244 with eight home runs, 33 runs and 34 RBI in 61 games this season.
Despite the recent success, Atlanta is still looking up at the New York Mets in the NL East. The Mets hold a five-game lead just over a third of the way into the season.