ATLANTA Around Memorial Day weekend, there are three baseline measures for determining if a balanced ballclub is on the path to 90-plus wins without figuratively breaking a sweat.
1. Dominate opponents at home.
2. Be consistently good against division foes.
3. Show little mercy against baseball's proverbial weaklings especially during Interleague play.
On Wednesday, the Braves accomplished two of the three tasks without incident, routing the free-falling Twins 8-3 at Turner Field.
From the get-go, the result was surprisingly one-sided, given that both clubs were embroiled in a hotly contested, rain-delayed, extra-inning affair on Tuesday that ended just before the stroke of midnight thanks to Freddie Freeman's walkoff RBI.
But then again, maybe that come-from-ahead loss further frayed the pysche of a Minnesota team that has lost eight straight, while plunging from contention in the American League Central. Simply put, the Twins (18-25) looked like a club happy to escape t...