Atlanta Braves center fielder B.J. Upton (2) reacts to flying out in the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Turner Field. The Royals won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
ATLANTA, Ga. -- There was no sorrow in Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren's voice Wednesday afternoon, only confidence.
There was no remorse that the Braves' 10-game winning streak came to a halt, only belief they will start another one.
The Braves, 12-2, are off to their greatest start since the beginnings of their 14-year dynasty in 1991, and not even a 1-0 loss Wednesday to the Kansas City Royals is about to dampen the fervor in Atlanta.
"There's a lot of excitement going around town,'' Wren told USA TODAY Sports, driving home from Turner Field. "We saw it with the addition of Justin Upton back in January, the buzz in the community and spring training. And now with the start we've gotten off to, that's only increased.
"We've gotten Atlanta's attention.''
Yep, right along with the rest of the baseball world.
Producing the greatest record in baseball has a way of making people notice.
The scary part, at least for the rest of the National League, the Braves haven't come close to hitting their stride.
Oh sure, we got a hunch that Justin Upton isn't going to keep hitting homers at this pace -- a franchise-record eight in the first 14 games -- and wind up with 92 this season. The Braves' pitching staff isn't going to continue yielding a 0.73 ERA with rookie catcher Evan Gattis behind the plate. And Paul Maholm, 3-0, surely will give up an earned run sometime this season.
Then again, B.J. Upton, their $75 million man, isn't going to hit .140 all year, either. Right fielder Jason Heyward isn't going to hover around .128 much longer. Second baseman Dan Uggla won't be hitting .163 all year. And power-hitting first baseman Freddie Freeman and All-Star catcher Brian McCann won't be on the DL all year. Freeman is expected back Monday.