All we can say to ourselves is "it's early." Mark Bradley chimes in with a useful reminder that last year's 91-win team also didn't hit early:
Through 10 games, the 2011 Braves are hitting .229, which is lousy. The 2010 Braves were hitting .227 as April ended, and that was a larger sample set (23 games). The 2010 Braves were 9-14 after the season’s first month and looked as dead as a team can look. Four key players — Troy Glaus, Melky Cabrera, Matt Diaz and Nate McLouth — carried averages under .200.
Two issues here. One, I wish that Bradley would use a better stat than batting average. Two, while the Braves did improve offensively in 2010 after a very slow start, none of the four players whom Bradley lists ended up having good season. Glaus gave the Braves two great months and then ran out of gas, while Cabrera and Diaz played their way out of Atlanta and McLouth would have done the same if the Braves had any other options in centerfield. Maybe a little bit of panic is justified after three series.