Tom Glavine wowed by Braves' winning streak: 'You never anticipate doing what they're doing'


The longest winning streak in the majors this season currently belongs to the defending champions. With a 10-4 road victory over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, the Atlanta Braves extended their winning streak to 13 games, and according to Elias, it's the longest streak of any reigning champion since 1961. Entering the month of June, the Braves were four games under .500, at 23-27. They're now 36-27 -- still best for second place in the NL East standings.

If championship hangovers do exist, the Braves have fully recovered. Over the past two weeks, they've outscored their opponents, 93-39, and their pitching staff owns a 2.78 ERA in June -- the second-best mark in the NL. They've also hit 32 homers in this stretch, and according to ESPN Stats, it's the third-most in any win streak of any length in MLB history. The modern-day Braves record for most wins in a row is 15, set back in 2000. And a member of that division-winning team is paying close attention to the latest run.

"Some of it's good luck. I guess they've run into a soft part of their schedule. But even having said that, you don't expect to go out there and win 13 games in a row," Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Glavine explained to Maggie and Perloff on Wednesday. "You try to identify those soft parts in the schedule where, 'Okay, these are the games we should win'... You never anticipate doing what they're doing now. But the combo of good pitching and their hitting has gotten hot...

"Whether you're on a good streak or bad streak, you're always aware of it and you're always anticipating, to some extent, the same outcome... When you're on a streak like this, it doesn't matter what the score is. And it doesn't matter where you are in the ballgame. You just know you're going to figure out a way to win. It's a good feeling. Being on a couple of those as a player, you almost hearken back to Little League days, when you seemingly win every game."

The Braves, which captured their first championship since 1995 last season, have a 78-percent chance to reach the playoffs and a 32-percent chance to win the division title, according to FiveThirtyEight's projections. Entering the season, Atlanta was given a 54-percent chance to win the NL East, and a 10-percent chance to repeat as world champions.

The entire MLB conversation between Glavine and Maggie and Perloff can be accessed in the audio player above.

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