Atlanta capitalizing on the long ball

Updated: June 9, 2003, 8:11 AM ET
By Jim Baker
The Braves are bombing the world and could well be on their way to setting the all-time team record for home runs in a season, writes Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Sunday's four-homer barrage against Pittsburgh (including the second-straight two-homer game by Javy Lopez) kept them on pace to set the National League record and kept the overall record within striking distance.

They are gunning for the record set by the following teams:

1997 Mariners (Major League record): 264
Record: 90-72, 1st place
Home runs in previous season: 245
Runs scored: 925
Nine players were in double figures and Ken Griffey, Jr. led the way with 56. Jay Buhner was next with 40 and next was Paul Sorrento with 31. Alex Rodriguez hadn't quite filled out yet and hit but 23. They hit six more in the playoffs (Griffey was shut out), but lost to the Orioles three games to one.
Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.

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