His first-place group had actually set an NL modern-era scoring record Wednesday night with its sensational 29-run, seven-homer outburst versus the Miami Marlins, which offered the Braves the highest scoring average and greatest team OPS (.835) in the majors going into Thursday.

So why did Braves supervisor Brian Snitker sound more worried than pleased a couple of hours before Thursday’s series opener in Washington versus the Nationals? Well, because he understands this first-place formula is going to be challenging to sustain during the final 2 1/2 weeks of the season and would be even more bothersome in the playoffs.

Because while he might have the best offense in Atlanta Braves history and among the deepest bullpens, the beginning rotation is arguably the worst of the previous 30 years for the Braves, with the third-highest ERA in the majors prior to Thursday, when it got even worse.

But the Braves as soon as again overcame an early deficit their starter put them in Thursday in a.