2019 Atlanta Braves season
The 2019 Atlanta Braves season was the Braves' 54th season in Atlanta, 149th overall, and third season at SunTrust Park. The Braves clinched a playoff spot for the 2nd consecutive year on September 14. They clinched their 2nd consecutive National League East championship on September 20 but lost in horrendous fashion to the St. Louis Cardinals in the Division Series. On October 9th they became the first team to allow 10 runs in the first inning of a MLB playoff game, essentially clinching their 10th straight postseason series loss.
|2019 Atlanta Braves|
|National League East champions|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Liberty Media/John Malone|
|General manager(s)||Alex Anthopoulos|
|Local television||Fox Sports Southeast|
Fox Sports South
(Chip Caray, Jeff Francoeur, Tom Glavine, Paul Byrd, Joe Simpson)
|Local radio||680 The Fan|
Atlanta Braves Radio Network
(Jim Powell, Joe Simpson)
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- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular Season
- 3 Regular Season
- 4 Postseason
- 5 Record vs. opponents
- 6 Roster
- 7 Farm system
- 8 References
- 9 External links
- On October 29, Ryan Flaherty, Brad Brach, Rene Rivera, Kurt Suzuki, Brandon McCarthy, Anibal Sanchez, Peter Moylan, Nick Markakis, and Lucas Duda elected free agency.
- On November 1, the Braves acquired Raffy Lopez for cash considerations.
- On November 20, the Braves selected the contracts of Alex Jackson, Jacob Webb, Patrick Weigel, and Huascar Ynoa.
- On November 26, the Braves signed Brian McCann to a 1-year, $2 million contract.
- On November 26, the Braves signed Josh Donaldson to a 1-year, $23 million contract.
- On April 2, 2019, Ronald Acuña Jr and the Braves agreed to an eight-year contract worth $100 million. The extension included team options for the 2027 and 2028 seasons. Aged 21, Acuña became the youngest player in baseball history to sign a contract worth at least $100 million. Acuña's deal was the largest for any player with less than one year of major league service. By June 2019, Acuña had drawn attention for his power production.
- On April 11, 2019, Ozzie Albies signed a seven-year, $35 million extension to remain with the Braves. The deal includes options for the 2026 and 2027 seasons. Both years are worth $7 million with a $4 million buyout.
- On April 28, the Braves acquired Jerry Blevins from the Oakland Athletics for cash considerations.
- On May 20, the Braves acquired Anthony Swarzak and cash considerations from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Arodys Vizcaíno and Jesse Biddle.
- On June 7, the Braves signed free-agent Dallas Keuchel to a one-year deal worth $13 million.
- On July 24, Shane Carle was designated for assignment and in a subsequent move the Braves added Jeremy Walker to the roster. The next day Carle was traded to the Texas Rangers for cash consideration.
- On July 30, the Braves traded minor league pitcher Kolby Allard to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Chris Martin.
- On July 31, the Braves traded Dan Winkler and Tristan Beck to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for Mark Melancon.
- On July 31, the Braves traded Joey Wentz and Travis Demeritte to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Shane Greene.
- On August 15, the Braves added Adeiny Hechavarria due to an injury to starting shortstop Dansby Swanson and ineffectiveness from his replacements.
- On August 19, the Braves claimed outfielder Billy Hamilton off of waivers from the Kansas City Royals. 
- On August 24, the Braves signed catcher Francisco Cervelli to add catching depth while Brian McCann is injured.
- On August 24, Ronald Acuna Jr. joined the 30/30 club (36 home runs and 30 stolen bases). Acuna was the first Brave to accomplish this feat since 1991. Acuna joins Hank Aaron (1963), Dale Murphy (1983) and Ron Gant (1990 and ’91) as the only Braves players to produce a 30-30 season. Acuna accomplished this feat through 130 team games, making him the fastest in franchise history to do so. 
- On September 5, the Braves activated relief pitcher Darren O'Day from the 60-day injured list and added him to the active roster along with Adam Duvall. O'Day was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles at the 2018 trade deadline but did not pitch for the Braves during the 2018 season due to a hamstring injury. O'Day had been sidelined for most of the 2019 season after experiencing right forearm discomfort during a spring training outing. To make room on the roster Alex Jackson was recalled from Gwinnett and placed on the 60-day injured list.
- On September 14, the Braves beat the Washington Nationals 10-1 clinching a playoff berth and decreasing their magic number to four. In a scary moment during the game Charlie Culberson had squared around to bunt when a pitch from Fernando Rodney struk him in the face. Culberson was unable to continue in the game and had to be taken to the hospital. 
- On September 19, Ronald Acuna hit his 40th home run against Aaron Nola and the Philadelphia Phillies. At 21 years-old Acuna is the youngest person ever to hit 40 home runs and steal 30 bases. Acuna has 37 stolen bases on the year needing only three more to reach the 40/40 club. The Braves went on to win the game and decrease their magic number to win the National League East to one game.
- On September 20th, the Atlanta Braves clinched their 20th divisional title, capturing the NL East, and tying the MLB record for most divisional titles in the league, tied with the Yankees. The Yankees clinched their 20th divisional title on September 19th, 2019. In capturing the division, Mike Foltynewicz pitched eight shutout innings in a 6-0 triumph over the San Francisco Giants.
|2019 Game Log: 97–65 (Home: 50–31; Away: 47–34)|
March/April: 14–15 (Home: 9–9; Away: 5–6)
May: 16–12 (Home: 5–6; Away: 11–6)
June: 20–8 (Home: 10–2; Away: 10–6)
July: 14–10 (Home: 6–6; Away: 8–4)
August: 19–9 (Home: 11–4; Away: 8–5)
September: 14–11 (Home: 9–4; Away: 5–7)
|Legend: = Win = Loss = Postponement|
Bold = Braves team member
National League EastEdit
|National League East||W||L||Pct.||GB||Home||Road|
|(2) Atlanta Braves||97||65||0.599||—||50–31||47–34|
|(4) Washington Nationals||93||69||0.574||4||50–31||43–38|
|New York Mets||86||76||0.531||11||48–33||38–43|
National League Wild CardEdit
|(1) Los Angeles Dodgers||106||56||0.654|
|(2) Atlanta Braves||97||65||0.599|
|(3) St. Louis Cardinals||91||71||0.562|
Wild Card teams|
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
|(4) Washington Nationals||93||69||0.574||+4|
|(5) Milwaukee Brewers||89||73||0.549||—|
|New York Mets||86||76||0.531||3|
|San Francisco Giants||77||85||0.475||12|
|San Diego Padres||70||92||0.432||19|
|2019 postseason game log: 2–3 (Home: 1–2; Away: 1–1)|
NLDS: 2–3 (Home: 1–2; Away: 1–1)
Record vs. opponentsEdit
2019 National League Records
Source: NL Standings Head-to-Head
Updated with the results of all games through September 29, 2019. Regular season complete
|2019 Atlanta Braves|
|AAA||Gwinnett Stripers||International League||Damon Berryhill|
|AA||Mississippi Braves||Southern League||Chris Maloney|
|A-Advanced||Florida Fire Frogs||Florida State League||Barrett Kleinknecht|
|A||Rome Braves||South Atlantic League||Matt Tuiasosopo|
|Rookie||Danville Braves||Appalachian League||Anthony Nunez|
|Rookie||GCL Braves||Gulf Coast League||Angel Flores|
|Rookie||DSL Braves||Dominican Summer League||Jefferson Romero|
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- 2019 Atlanta Braves season at Baseball Reference