The Atlanta Braves have declared in no uncertain terms that they belong with the elite teams in all of baseball in the opening weeks of the 2014 season. They have done so despite some uncertainty with their starting rotation after they lost Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy for the season.
That success has been thanks to stingy pitching up and down the roster, leaving the team in a position to win needing little more than some clutch moments from a lineup that is home run inclined. Given the chance to deliver just such a clutch moment in the bottom of the 10th inning, slugger Evan Gattis came through with a laser of a walk-off home run on Monday night as the Braves defeated the Miami Marlins 4-2.
The win brought the Braves to a stellar 13-6 record so far this season.