Monday, July 14, 2014

Midseason Report: 2014 Atlanta Braves

It's now July 14th, just a day before the 2014 All Star Game set to take place in Minnesota. While players are off participating in the All Star Game and/or hanging out at the Homerun Derby, the break gives us time to reflect on what the Braves have done up to this point. First, here's how the Braves fared following the end of the 2013 regular season and up until July 14th of this year:

2013 Atlanta Braves statistics:

Hitting:

.249 average (tied with the Reds and White Sox for 18th best)
.321 on-base percentage (13th best)
656 rbi (13th best)
1,354 hits (21st best)
247 doubles (tied with Yankees for 25th best)
181 home runs (5th best)
688 runs (13th best)
542 walks (6th best)
1,384 strikeouts (3rd most)
64 stolen bases (24th most)

Pitching:

.244 opponent average (tied with Cubs for 6th lowest)
.301 opponent on-base percentage (3rd lowest)
512 earned runs (lowest in MLB)
1,326 hits allowed (5th lowest)
127 home runs allowed (tied with Dodgers for 4th lowest)
548 runs allowed (lowest in MLB)
409 walks allowed (2nd lowest)
1,232 strikeouts (15th best)
3.18 earned run average (lowest in MLB)
53 saves (3rd most)


2014 Atlanta Braves statistics (as of July 14th)

Hitting:

.247 average (21st best)
.309 on-base percentage (tied with Reds and Astros for 22nd best)
343 rbi (29th best)
802 hits (19th best)
143 doubles (26th best)
81 home runs (tied with Reds and Yankees for 15th best)
362 runs (28th best)
279 walks (14th best)
807 strikeouts (5th most)
55 stolen bases (tied with White Sox for 14th most)

Pitching:

.249 opponent average (18th lowest)
.310 opponent on-base percentage (tied with Rays for 11th lowest)
320 earned runs (6th lowest)
804 hits allowed (20th lowest)
72 home runs allowed (5th lowest)
350 runs allowed (tied with Giants for 7th lowest)
272 walks allowed (tied with Marlins for 14th lowest)
780 strikeouts (7th most)
3.36 earned run average (6th lowest)
36 saves (most in MLB)


It's no surprise the Braves' pitching is their strength. The only decent thing about their hitting is their home run total (tied for 15th best) and walk total which is 14th best in the league, barely in the upper half. Something worth noting is that most of these categories are decided only by a few numerical values (keep in mind the ones tied with another team). As the season continues we'll see some teams pull away further, and some teams start to drop off in statistical rankings. I'm sure they'll be at least one team that starts clicking on all cylinders and starts raking the rest of the year. There could also be a few trades that help teams looking for a playoff spot. Who knows? So although a few of these rankings may be somewhat surprising (or startling, depending on how you look at it) there's still plenty of season left to be played.

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