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The 2018 Atlanta Braves season was the Braves' 53rd season in Atlanta, 148th overall, and second season at SunTrust Park. They improved on their 72-90 season in 2017, and made the postseason and won a division title for the first time since 2013. They lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in four games in the NL Division Series.

2018 Atlanta Braves
National League East champions
Atlanta Braves Insignia.svg
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record90–72 (.556)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)Liberty Media/John Malone
General manager(s)Alex Anthopoulos
Manager(s)Brian Snitker
Local televisionFox Sports Southeast
Fox Sports South
(Chip Caray, Joe Simpson, Tom Glavine, Dale Murphy, Jeff Francoeur)
Local radio680 The Fan
Rock 100.5
Atlanta Braves Radio Network
(Jim Powell, Don Sutton, Mark Lemke, Jeff Francoeur)
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Contents

OffseasonEdit

OctoberEdit

On October 2, 2017, John Coppolella resigned as general manager of the Braves amid a Major League Baseball investigation into Atlanta's international signings, having committed what the Braves termed "a breach of MLB rules regarding the international player market".[1]

NovemberEdit

On November 13, 2017, the Braves announced Alex Anthopoulos as the new general manager and executive vice president.[2] John Hart was removed as team president and assumed a senior adviser role with the organization.[2] Braves chairman Terry McGuirk apologized to fans "on behalf of the entire Braves family" for the scandal.[2] McGuirk described Anthopoulos as "a man of integrity" and that "he will operate in a way that will make all of our Braves fans proud."[2] On November 17, 2017, the Braves announced that John Hart had stepped down as senior advisor for the organization.[3] Hart said in a statement that "with the hiring of Alex Anthopoulos as general manager, this organization is in great hands."[3]

On November 21, 2017, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the findings of the MLB investigation into Atlanta's international signings.[4] Manfred ruled that the Braves must forfeit 13 international prospects, including highly touted Kevin Maitan, an infielder from Venezuela who signed for $4.25 million in 2016.[4] The team also forfeited a third-round draft pick in the 2018 draft. Former Braves general manager John Coppolella was placed on baseball's permanently ineligible list.[4]

Additionally, the Braves shall be prohibited from signing any international player for more than $10,000 during the 2019–20 signing period and their international signing bonus pool for the 2020–21 signing period will be reduced by 50 percent.[4]

DecemberEdit

The Braves traded outfielder Matt Kemp to the Los Angeles Dodgers for infielder Charlie Culberson, first baseman Adrián González and pitchers Scott Kazmir and Brandon McCarthy on December 16, 2017. The Braves released Adrián González a few days later.[5]

Regular seasonEdit

Game logEdit

2018 Game Log: 90–72 (Home: 43–38; Away: 47–34)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Postponement
Bold = Braves team member

Postseason Game logEdit

2018 postseason game log: 1–3 (Home: 1–1; Away: 0–2)

Season standingsEdit

National League EastEdit

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Atlanta Braves 90 72 0.556 43–38 47–34
Washington Nationals 82 80 0.506 8 41–40 41–40
Philadelphia Phillies 80 82 0.494 10 49–32 31–50
New York Mets 77 85 0.475 13 37–44 40–41
Miami Marlins 63 98 0.391 26½ 38–43 25–55


National League Wild CardEdit

Division Leaders W L Pct.
Milwaukee Brewers 96 67 0.589
Los Angeles Dodgers 92 71 0.564
Atlanta Braves 90 72 0.556


Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
Chicago Cubs 95 68 0.583 +4
Colorado Rockies 91 72 0.558
St. Louis Cardinals 88 74 0.543
Pittsburgh Pirates 82 79 0.509 8
Arizona Diamondbacks 82 80 0.506
Washington Nationals 82 80 0.506
Philadelphia Phillies 80 82 0.494 10½
New York Mets 77 85 0.475 13½
San Francisco Giants 73 89 0.451 17½
Cincinnati Reds 67 95 0.414 23½
San Diego Padres 66 96 0.407 24½
Miami Marlins 63 98 0.391 27


Record vs. opponentsEdit

2018 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 3–4 3–4 3–3 8–11 11–8 6–1 1–5 2–5 4–2 6–1 12–7 8–11 3–3 2–5 10–10
Atlanta 4–3 3–3 3–4 2–5 2–5 14–5 3–4 13–6 12–7 5–1 4–3 3–3 4–2 10–9 8–12
Chicago 4–3 3–3 11–8 3–3 4–3 5–2 11–9 6–1 4–2 10–9 5–2 3–3 9–10 4–3 13–7
Cincinnati 3–3 4–3 8–11 2–4 6–1 2–5 6–13 3–3 3–4 5–14 3–4 4–2 7–12 1–6 10–10
Colorado 11–8 5–2 3–3 4–2 7–13 2–4 2–5 6–1 5–2 3–3 11–8 12–7 2–5 5–2 13–7
Los Angeles 8–11 5–2 3–4 1–6 13–7 2–4 4–3 4–2 3–4 5–1 14–5 10–9 3–4 5–1 12–8
Miami 1–6 5–14 2–5 5–2 4–2 4–2 2–5 7–12 8–11 1–4 2–5 4–3 3–3 6–13 9–11
Milwaukee 5–1 4–3 9–11 13–6 5–2 3–4 5–2 4–3 3–3 7–12 4–2 6–1 11–8 4–2 13–7
New York 5–2 6–13 1–6 3–3 1–6 2–4 12–7 3–4 11–8 3–4 4–2 4–3 3–3 11–8 8–12
Philadelphia 2–4 7–12 2–4 4–3 2–5 4–3 11–8 3–3 8–11 6–1 3–3 4–3 4–3 8–11 12–8
Pittsburgh 1–6 1–5 9–10 14–5 3–3 1–5 4–1 12–7 4–3 1–6 3–4 4–3 8–11 2–5 15–5
San Diego 7–12 3–4 2–5 4–3 8–11 5–14 5–2 2–4 2–4 3–3 4–3 8–11 4–3 2–4 7–13
San Francisco 11–8 3–3 3–3 2–4 7–12 9–10 3–4 1–6 3–4 3–4 3–4 11–8 2–5 4–2 8–12
St. Louis 3–3 2–4 10–9 12–7 5–2 4–3 3–3 8–11 3–3 3–4 11–8 3–4 5–2 5–2 11–9
Washington 5–2 9–10 3–4 6–1 2–5 1–5 13–6 2–4 8–11 11–8 5–2 4–2 2–4 2–5 9–11

The October 1 tiebreaker games were regular-season games that are included here.

 
Ronald Acuña Jr. (left) and Johan Camargo (right) signing autographs, September 18, 2018

RosterEdit

StatisticsEdit

Source: [6]

BattingEdit

Players in bold are on the active roster.

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; BB = Walks; SO = Strikeouts; Avg. = Batting average; OBP = On Base Percentage; SLG = Slugging Percentage; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG OBP SLG SB
Freddie Freeman 162 618 94 191 44 4 23 98 .309 .388 .505 10
Nick Markakis 162 623 78 185 43 2 14 93 .297 .366 .440 1
Ozzie Albies 158 639 105 167 40 5 24 72 .261 .305 .452 14
Ender Inciarte 156 597 83 158 27 6 10 61 .265 .325 .380 28
Dansby Swanson 136 478 51 114 25 4 14 59 .238 .304 .395 10
Johan Camargo 134 464 63 126 27 1 19 76 .272 .349 .457 1
Kurt Suzuki 105 347 45 94 24 0 12 50 .271 .332 .444 0
Preston Tucker 80 129 15 31 10 0 4 22 .240 .303 .411 0
Charlie Culberson 113 296 47 80 18 2 12 45 .270 .326 .466 4
Ryan Flaherty 81 161 17 35 6 0 2 13 .217 .298 .292 4
Peter Bourjos 36 44 5 9 2 1 1 4 .205 .239 .364 0
Tyler Flowers 82 251 34 57 9 0 8 30 .227 .341 .359 0
Ronald Acuña Jr. 111 433 78 127 26 4 26 64 .293 .366 .552 16
Lane Adams 26 25 10 6 1 0 2 6 .240 .345 .520 1
José Bautista 12 35 3 5 1 0 2 5 .143 .250 .343 0
Carlos Pérez 8 21 0 3 0 0 0 0 .143 .182 .143 0
Danny Santana 15 28 4 5 3 0 0 2 .179 .281 .286 1
Chris Stewart 5 14 3 3 0 0 0 3 .214 .250 .214 0
Dustin Peterson 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0

PitchingEdit

Source: [7]

Players in bold are on the active roster.

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; HR = Home runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB K
Sean Newcomb 10 6 3.73 24 24 0 135.0 113 59 56 14 64 123
Brandon McCarthy 6 3 4.92 15 15 0 78.2 94 45 43 15 21 65
Mike Foltynewicz 10 7 2.72 24 24 0 139.0 106 48 42 14 54 161
Julio Teherán 9 7 4.09 25 25 0 140.2 100 66 64 23 66 129
Kevin Gausman 3 1 2.00 4 4 0 27.0 20 6 6 1 6 17
Shane Carle 4 1 2.38 34 0 0 41.2 33 13 11 2 16 33
A. J. Minter 3 1 3.00 36 0 2 33.0 30 11 11 1 14 35
Aníbal Sánchez 3 2 2.68 9 8 0 47.0 35 16 14 6 16 44
Dan Winkler 2 0 2.53 34 0 0 32.0 22 12 9 0 9 41
Mike Soroka 2 1 3.51 5 5 0 25.2 30 14 10 1 7 21
Arodys Vizcaíno 2 2 1.82 30 0 15 29.2 22 6 6 2 12 33
Sam Freeman 2 4 5.13 39 0 0 33.1 25 21 19 2 18 35
Jesse Biddle 1 0 2.54 23 0 0 28.1 19 9 8 3 15 30
Luke Jackson 1 0 2.70 8 0 1 10.0 4 3 3 1 6 13
Matt Wisler 1 1 4.32 6 3 0 25.0 25 12 12 5 5 19
Rex Brothers 0 0 *.** 1 0 0 0.0 0 1 1 0 2 0
Lucas Sims 0 0 7.84 6 0 0 10.1 12 9 9 2 8 10
Chase Whitley 0 0 18.00 1 0 0 1.0 2 2 2 1 1 1
Luiz Gohara 0 1 6.89 7 1 1 15.2 15 12 12 2 8 13
Peter Moylan 0 1 4.62 34 0 0 25.1 29 13 13 3 16 23
Josh Ravin 0 1 6.00 2 0 0 3.0 2 2 2 0 2 1
Miguel Socolovich 0 1 10.80 4 0 0 5.0 8 6 6 0 2 4
Max Fried 0 2 4.09 5 1 0 11.0 9 6 5 3 7 10
José Ramírez 0 2 17.05 7 0 0 6.1 9 12 12 0 8 7

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Braves GM John Coppolella Resigns Amid MLB Investigation Over International Signings". Sports Illustrated. October 2, 2017. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Braves hire former Dodgers, Blue Jays exec Alex Anthopoulos as GM". ESPN. November 13, 2017. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "John Hart steps down as senior advisor for Braves". ESPN. November 17, 2017. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d "Ex-Braves GM John Coppolella permanently banned; team loses prospects". ESPN. November 21, 2017. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  5. ^ "Atlanta Braves 2017 Team Transactions". espn.com. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  6. ^ "2018 Atlanta Braves Sortable Player Stats". mlb.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved June 9, 2018.
  7. ^ "2018 Atlanta Braves Sortable Player Stats". mlb.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved June 12, 2018.

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