There are only two teams in the National League with more than 50 wins at the All-Star break: the Atlanta Braves (54-37) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (60-32).
The Braves only series against the Dodgers thus far ended in a sweep. But a lot has changed since early May. Most notably, the lineup which saw the edition of Austin Riley and Ronald Acuña moving back to the leadoff spot.
"I just still think they're a ways behind the Dodgers," Randy McMichael said. "I think it all rotates around the pitching part of it. If you look at lineup to lineup, I think the Braves are there."
The consistent ways the Braves have lost games this season has been through bullpen struggles or running into hot starting pitching by the other teams.
"I think you've got to bolster that pitching rotation, too, so you can throw arms at arms if you have to get into a pitcher's duel," Andy added.