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2015 Atlanta Braves season

OffseasonEdit

The Braves offseason began in the final week of the 2014 season. The Braves were officially eliminated from the postseason contention on Sunday, September 21. On Monday, the Braves announced the termination of General Manager Frank Wren and appointed John Hart as the interim general manager.[1] The Braves signed Hart to a three-year deal to become the Braves President of Baseball Operations a month later.[2] Hart continued to fill the role of general manager throughout the offseason with much help from assistant general manager John Coppolella.

Offseason additions and subtractionsEdit

Subtractions Additions
Players RHS Ervin Santana (signed with Twins)
RHS Aaron Harang (signed with Phillies)
RHS Kris Medlen (signed with Royals)
RHS Brandon Beachy (signed with Dodgers)
RHR Craig Kimbrel (traded to Padres)
RHR Jordan Walden (traded to Cardinals)
RHR David Carpenter (traded to Yankees)
LHR Chasen Shreve (traded to Yankees)
RHP David Hale (traded to Rockies)
LHR Jonny Venters (released)
RHR Cory Gearrin (signed with Giants)
C Evan Gattis (traded to Astros)
C Gerald Laird (signed with Diamondbacks)
C/OF Ryan Doumit (free agent)
2B Tommy La Stella (traded to Cubs)
INF Ramiro Peña (signed with Padres)
INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio (signed with White Sox)
LF Justin Upton (traded to Padres)
RF Jason Heyward (traded to Cardinals)
CF Melvin Upton, Jr. (traded to Padres)
RHS Shelby Miller (acquired in trade from Cardinals)
RHS Trevor Cahill (acquired in trade from Diamondbacks)
LHS Manny Banuelos (acquired in trade from Yankees)
RHP Michael Foltynewicz (acquired in trade from Astros)
RHR Jason Grilli (signed as a free agent)
RHR Jim Johnson (signed as a free agent)
LHR Josh Outman (signed as a free agent)
RHP Arodys Vizcaíno (acquired in trade from Cubs)
C A. J. Pierzynski (signed as a free agent)
INF Alberto Callaspo (signed as free agent)
INF Jace Peterson (acquired in trade from Padres)
LF Jonny Gomes (signed as a free agent)
OF Eury Pérez (claimed off waivers from Yankees)
OF Dian Toscano (signed as a free agent)
OF Zoilo Almonte (signed as a free agent)
RF Nick Markakis (signed as free agent)
RHP Chien-Ming Wang (Minor League free agent)
RHR Michael Kohn (Minor League free agent)
LHP Wandy Rodríguez (Minor League free agent)
LHP Eric Stults (Minor League free agent)
RHR Matt Capps (Minor league free agent)
LHR Donnie Veal (Minor League free agent)
RHR José Veras (Minor League free agent)
RHR Todd Coffey (Minor League free agent)
C Jesús Flores (Minor League free agent)
C John Buck (Minor League free agent)
INF Pedro Ciriaco (Minor League free agent)
INF/OF Kelly Johnson (Minor League free agent)
2B/OF Eric Young, Jr. (Minor League free agent)
Personnel General Manager Frank Wren (terminated)
Hitting Coach Greg Walker (resigned)
Asst. Hitting Coach Scott Fletcher (contract not renewed)
Third base Coach Doug Dascenzo (contract not renewed)
Acting General Manager John Hart
Hitting coach Kevin Seitzer
Asst. hitting coach José Castro
Third base coach Bo Porter

Season summaryEdit

Opening DayEdit

Position Name
Center Fielder Eric Young, Jr.
Second Baseman Jace Peterson
Right Fielder Nick Markakis
First Baseman Freddie Freeman
Catcher Christian Bethancourt
Left Fielder Kelly Johnson
Third Baseman Alberto Callaspo
Shortstop Andrelton Simmons
Starting Pitcher Julio Teherán

After an offseason filled with many trades and roster movements, the Braves began the season with Julio Teherán as the starting pitcher for the second consecutive year. They took an early lead in the first inning after a Nick Markakis single scored Jace Peterson. Miami tied the game in the third inning, but a late Markakis RBI scoring Eric Young, Jr. was the difference. In the team's first save opportunity since trading closer Craig Kimbrel, newly-appointed closer Jason Grilli pitched a perfect inning and the Braves won 2–1.[3]

Regular seasonEdit

After optimistically winning the first five games of the season, the Braves' early success was short-lived. The team finished April with a 10–12 record. They had a winning record in May (15–13), but struggles within the young roster made quality starts and wins few and far between. A July 11 injury to closer Jason Grilli sealed the fate of the struggling team, lacking the skills necessary for a successful starting rotation. A 8–20 August followed, and after additional movements and trades, the team's starting rotation was virtually unrecognizable from how the season began. Shelby Miller, once thought to be a crucial starting pitcher to the team's success, lost a franchise-record 24 consecutive starts, finishing the season with a 6–17 record after receiving a run support average of 2.38 (ranked tenth worst in MLB history).

The Braves finished the season with a 67–95 record, third-worst in the MLB, ahead of the Cincinnati Reds (64–98) and Philadelphia Phillies (63–99).

Season standingsEdit

National League EastEdit

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Mets 90 72 0.556 49–32 41–40
Washington Nationals 83 79 0.512 7 46–35 37–44
Miami Marlins 71 91 0.438 19 41–40 30–51
Atlanta Braves 68 94 0.420 22 43–38 25–56
Philadelphia Phillies 43 119 0.265 47 23–58 20–61


National League Wild CardEdit

Division Leaders W L Pct.
St. Louis Cardinals 100 62 0.617
Los Angeles Dodgers 92 70 0.568
New York Mets 90 72 0.556


Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
Pittsburgh Pirates 98 64 0.605 +1
Chicago Cubs 97 65 0.599
San Francisco Giants 84 78 0.519 13
Washington Nationals 83 79 0.512 14
Arizona Diamondbacks 79 83 0.488 18
San Diego Padres 74 88 0.457 23
Miami Marlins 71 91 0.438 26
Milwaukee Brewers 68 94 0.420 29
Colorado Rockies 68 94 0.420 29
Atlanta Braves 67 95 0.414 30
Cincinnati Reds 64 98 0.395 33
Philadelphia Phillies 63 99 0.389 34


Record vs. opponentsEdit

2015 National League Records

Source: NL Standings Head-to-Head
Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL LAD MIA MIL NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL WSH AL
Arizona 3–3 2–4 6–1 13–6 6–13 5–2 5–2 2–5 2–4 1–5 9–10 11–8 0–7 3–4 11–9
Atlanta 3–3 1–6 3–4 1–6 3–3 10–9 5–2 8–11 11–8 2–4 2–5 3–4 4–2 5–14 6–14
Chicago 4–2 6–1 13–6 4–2 3–4 3–3 14–5 7–0 2–5 11–8 3–3 5–2 8–11 4–3 10–10
Cincinnati 1–6 4–3 6–13 2–4 1–6 3–4 9–10 0–7 4–2 11–8 2–4 2–5 7–12 5–1 7–13
Colorado 6–13 6–1 2–4 4–2 8–11 2–5 5–1 0–7 5–2 1–6 7–12 11–8 3–4 3–3 5–15
Los Angeles 13–6 3–3 4–3 6–1 11–8 4–2 4–3 3–4 5–2 1–5 14–5 8–11 2–5 4–2 10–10
Miami 2–5 9–10 3–3 4–3 5–2 2–4 4–2 8–11 9–10 1–6 2–5 5–2 1–5 9–10 7–13
Milwaukee 2–5 2–5 5–14 10–9 1–5 3–4 2–4 3–3 7–0 10–9 5–2 1–5 6–13 3–4 8–12
New York 5–2 11–8 0–7 7–0 7–0 4–3 11–8 3–3 14–5 0–6 2–4 3–3 3–4 11–8 9–11
Philadelphia 4–2 8–11 5–2 2–4 2–5 2–5 10–9 0–7 5–14 2–5 5–1 1–5 2–5 7–12 8–12
Pittsburgh 5–1 4–2 8–11 8–11 6–1 5–1 6–1 9–10 6–0 5–2 5–2 6–1 9–10 3–4 13–7
San Diego 10–9 5–2 3–3 4–2 12–7 5–14 5–2 2–5 4–2 1–5 2–5 8–11 4–3 2–5 7–13
San Francisco 8–11 4–3 2–5 5–2 8–11 11–8 2–5 5–1 3–3 5–1 1–6 11–8 2–4 4–3 13–7
St. Louis 7–0 2–4 11–8 12–7 4–3 5–2 5–1 13–6 4–3 5–2 10–9 3–4 4–2 4–2 11–9
Washington 4–3 14–5 3–4 1–5 3–3 2–4 10–9 4–3 8–11 12–7 4–3 5–2 3–4 2–4 8–12


Game logEdit

2015 Game Log (67–95)[4]
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Postponement
Bold = Braves team member

RosterEdit

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Braves fire GM Frank Wren". ESPN.com. ESPN.com News Services. September 22, 2014. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  2. ^ Bowman, Mark (October 23, 2014). "Hart named Braves' president of baseball operations". braves.mlb.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  3. ^ "Braves 2, Marlins 1". MLB.com. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  4. ^ "2015 Atlanta Braves Sortable Schedule". Atlanta Braves.

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