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The Series Cynic: Braves' bats come alive, but for how long?

Cynicism Nutshell: For the second time this season, the Atlanta Braves (16-18) were somehow able to pull off a three-game sweep.

And boy did they need it.

Losers of two consecutive series and four of their last six games, the Braves entered Monday's series opener against the Milwaukee Brewers in search of offensive consistency and, more importantly, some wins.

Fortunately for the Braves, they got both as they would outscore the Brewers 28-7 and compile a team batting average of .307 over the final three games of Atlanta's nine-game road trip.

The Braves scored eight runs or more in consecutive games for the first time in 2010 and no longer solely occupy the last spot in the National League East standings — now sharing it with the Florida Marlins.

However, with every impressive performance comes several hidden flaws that are yearning to be brought to the light ... so here we go.



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