The Atlanta Braves are having a fantastic season in 2023, leading the National League East division and boasting a record of 86-54 as of September 4. However, there is one day of the week that seems to be their Achilles’ heel: Sunday.
Sunday blues for the Braves
The Braves have won only 10 of their 23 games on Sundays this season, a winning percentage of .435. That is the lowest among all days of the week, and significantly lower than their overall winning percentage of .614. The Braves have also been outscored by 19 runs on Sundays, compared to a run differential of +153 on all other days.
The Braves’ Sunday woes are not a new phenomenon. In 2022, they also had a losing record on Sundays, going 12-15 with a run differential of -16. In contrast, they went 88-47 with a run differential of +211 on all other days.
The reasons for the Braves’ poor performance on Sundays are not clear. Some possible factors could be fatigue, travel, lineup changes, or simply bad luck. Whatever the case, the Braves have not been able to replicate their success on Sundays as they have on other days.
Highlights from the latest Battery Power Podcast
The Battery Power Podcast is a weekly show hosted by Scott Coleman and Brad Rowland, covering all things related to the Atlanta Braves. The latest episode, number 415, was released on Sunday, September 3, and discussed the following topics:
- The Braves’ inability to win on Sundays, despite sweeping the Colorado Rockies and winning three out of four games against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the previous week.
- The impressive performance of Ronald Acuña Jr., who hit a grand slam in Colorado and is leading the NL MVP race with a .333/.440/.689 slash line, 45 home runs, 109 RBIs, and 32 stolen bases.
- The injury updates on Max Fried and Travis d’Arnaud, who both left the game on Sunday with soreness. Fried is expected to miss his next start, while d’Arnaud is day-to-day.
- The upcoming homestand against the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates, who are both below .500 but could pose some challenges for the Braves.
- The outlook for the rest of the season and the playoffs, as the Braves have a comfortable lead in their division and are aiming for their first World Series title since 1995.
The Battery Power Podcast is available on various platforms, such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, PlayerFM, Google Podcasts, or at their MegaPhone page. Fans can also follow them on Twitter for more updates and insights.
The Braves look to end their Sunday curse
The Braves have six more games on Sundays left in the regular season, starting with a matchup against the Cardinals on September 10. They will also face the Pirates, Phillies, Mets, Marlins, and Nationals on Sundays before the postseason begins.
The Braves will hope to improve their record and performance on Sundays, as they prepare for the high-stakes games in October. While Sundays may not matter much in the grand scheme of things, they could make a difference in terms of momentum, confidence, and seeding.
The Braves have shown that they are one of the best teams in baseball this year, but they still have room for improvement. Winning on Sundays could be one of them.