By Kent Covington
OF Michael Bourn is putting up all-star numbers in'12.
The first-place Atlanta Braves are currently 23-14, having played.622 baseball to this point. Projected over a 162 games, that equates to a 101-61 record.
And at 22-14 (.611), the second-place Washing Nationals are on track to post a 99-63 record.
Could either or both of these teams really win 100 games–or something close to it? Glad you asked.
When you ask that question, what you’re really asking is “Have the Braves and/or the Nationals overachieved thus far?” That’s a good question. Let’s tackle it.
The Braves are second in the NL in runs scored. They’re scoring approximately 5.3 runs per game. To put that in context, last year the St. Louis Cardinals led the league in scoring with 4.7 runs per game. The Braves have a loaded lineup and a solid bench, so their offensive success is no fluke.
Jason Heyward and Martin Prado appear to be rebounding nicely from their disappointing ’11 seasons and the team is be...