2015 Atlanta Braves season

2015 Atlanta Braves
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 67–95 (.414)
Divisional place 4th
Other information
Owner(s) Liberty Media/John Malone
General manager(s) John Hart
Manager(s) Fredi González
Local television SportSouth
Fox Sports South
(Chip Caray, Joe Simpson, Tom Glavine, Dale Murphy)
Local radio WCNN
WNNX
Atlanta Braves Radio Network
(Jim Powell, Don Sutton, Mark Lemke)
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The 2015 Atlanta Braves season was the Braves' 19th season of home games at Turner Field, 50th season in Atlanta, and 145th season overall.

Offseason

The Braves offseason really 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 GM.[1] The Braves would sign Hart a three-year deal to become the Braves President of Baseball Operations a month later.[2] Hart continued to fill the role of GM throughout the offseason with much help from Assistant GM John Coppolella.

Offseason additions and subtractions

Subtractions Additions
PlayersRHS 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)
PersonnelGeneral 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 summary

Opening Day

PositionName
Center FielderEric Young, Jr.
Second BasemanJace Peterson
Right FielderNick Markakis
First BasemanFreddie Freeman
CatcherChristian Bethancourt
Left FielderKelly Johnson
Third BasemanAlberto Callaspo
ShortstopAndrelton Simmons
Starting PitcherJulio 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. would be the difference. In the team's first save opportinity since trading closer Craig Kimbrel, newly-appointed closer Jason Grilli pitched a perfect inning and the Braves won 2–1.[3]

Regular season

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 standings

National League East

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Mets 9072 0.556 49–32 41–40
Washington Nationals 8379 0.512 7 46–35 37–44
Miami Marlins 7191 0.438 19 41–40 30–51
Atlanta Braves 6795 0.414 23 42–39 25–56
Philadelphia Phillies 6399 0.389 27 37–44 26–55

National League Wild Card

Division Leaders W L Pct.
St. Louis Cardinals 10062 0.617
Los Angeles Dodgers 9270 0.568
New York Mets 9072 0.556
Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
Pittsburgh Pirates 9864 0.605 +1
Chicago Cubs 9765 0.599
San Francisco Giants 8478 0.519 13
Washington Nationals 8379 0.512 14
Arizona Diamondbacks 7983 0.488 18
San Diego Padres 7488 0.457 23
Miami Marlins 7191 0.438 26
Milwaukee Brewers 6894 0.420 29
Colorado Rockies 6894 0.420 29
Atlanta Braves 6795 0.414 30
Cincinnati Reds 6498 0.395 33
Philadelphia Phillies 6399 0.389 34

Record vs. opponents

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 3–32–46–113–66–135–25–22–52–41–59–1011–80–73–411–9
Atlanta 3–31–63–41–63–310–95–28–1111–82–42–53–44–25–146–14
Chicago 4–26–113–64–23–43–314–57–02–511–83–35–28–114–310–10
Cincinnati 1–64–36–132–41–63–49–100–74–211–82–42–57–125–17–13
Colorado 6–136–12–44–28–112–55–10–75–21–67–1211–83–43–35–15
Los Angeles 13–63–34–36–111–84–24–33–45–21–514–58–112–54–210–10
Miami 2–59–103–34–35–22–44–28–119–101–62–55–21–59–107–13
Milwaukee 2–52–55–1410–91–53–42–43–37–010–95–21–56–133–48–12
New York 5–211–80–77–07–04–311–83–314–50–62–43–33–411–89–11
Philadelphia 4–28–115–22–42–52–510–90–75–142–55–11–52–57–128–12
Pittsburgh 5–14–28–118–116–15–16–19–106–05–25–26–19–103–413–7
San Diego 10–95–23–34–212–75–145–22–54–21–52–58–114–32–57–13
San Francisco 8–114–32–55–28–1111–82–55–13–35–11–611–82–44–313–7
St. Louis 7–02–411–812–74–35–25–113–64–35–210–93–44–24–211–9
Washington 4–314–53–41–53–32–410–94–38–1112–74–35–23–42–48–12

Game log

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

Roster

2015 Atlanta Braves
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

  • 65 Alan Butts (bullpen catcher)

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Gwinnett Braves International League Brian Snitker
AA Mississippi Braves Southern League Aaron Holbert
A-Advanced Carolina Mudcats Carolina League Luis Salazar
A Rome Braves South Atlantic League Randy Ingle
Rookie Danville Braves Appalachian League Rocket Wheeler
Rookie GCL Braves Arizona League Robinson Cancel
Rookie DSL Braves Dominican Summer League Francisco Santiesteban

References

  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 4 April 2016.
  4. "2015 Atlanta Braves Sortable Schedule". Atlanta Braves.
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