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Braves stress optimism despite Michael Harris injury, slow start

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If one had been stranded on an island for about five years and just returned to civilization during the 2024 MLB season, they would probably not be too alarmed by how the Atlanta Braves (37-30) are playing. After all, the team ranks in the top half in most offensive categories and holds the top position in the National League Wild Card standings. But everyone else knows better

The Braves' bats were historically relentless in 2023, totaling 307 home runs, a .276 batting average, .501 slugging percentage and .845 OPS. Their 2024 drop-off has left fans wondering if the Monstars sneaked into Truist Park and snatched their talent a la “Space Jam.