Yankees, Orioles, Braves, Reds: 5 bold post-All-Star Break predictions

Jun 30, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley (27) hits a RBI single against the Miami Marlins in the fifth inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 30, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley (27) hits a RBI single against the Miami Marlins in the fifth inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 27, 2023; North Port, Florida, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Olson (28) hits a 2-run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at CoolToday Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Fourth bold prediction: Atlanta Braves win 110-plus games

The Atlanta Braves have been at the top of the power rankings for the last couple of weeks and there is no evidence that it is going to change anytime soon. They ended the first half strongly by winning two out of three over the Rays at Tropicana Field to enter the mid-season break at 60-29.

With 73 games remaining in the regular season, it’s not out of the question that they can go at least 50-23 to get 110-plus victories. They certainly have the lineup and pitching to do it.

So far this season, they broke the Reds’ winning streak at 12 games on June 24, which kickstarted a streak of winning 12 of their final 14 games before the break. Ronald Acuña, Jr. is the run-away favorite through the first half of the season for National League MVP, while Spencer Strider is a strikeout machine on the mound with 166 in 18 starts so far this season. He also sports an 11-2 record.

Unless something unforeseen happens, they have all but locked up the NL East and are running away with the best record. They have been a team on a mission all season long and don’t expect them to take their foot off the gas after the break. They are going to win 100 games and 110 is not out of the question.