The Atlanta Braves need to get their offense going this season and help out their pitching staff a little bit. Sound familiar?
That's exactly what hurt the Braves during the first half of last season and really kept them from reaching the playoffs.
Sure, it's early, but the Braves' offense struggled mightily against Philadelphia the past three days, except for the remarkable comeback in the ninth and 10th innings in the series opener Tuesday.
Atlanta didn't score an earned run against Philadelphia's three starters, and the Braves have scored 67 runs in their 15 games, and that is only better than the New York Mets in the NL East. Yes, the Washington Nationals have scored more runs than Atlanta.
By comparison, Philadelphia has scored 91 runs in 15 games and is plus-35 in run differential. Atlanta is even, also allowing 67 runs.
Atlanta is 11th in the NL in runs scored and 14th in batting average.
Rookie Jason Heyward can only do so much. He needs some help.