2018 Atlanta Braves season

2018 Atlanta Braves
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Liberty Media/John Malone
General manager(s) Alex Anthopoulos
Manager(s) Brian Snitker
Local television Fox Sports Southeast
Fox Sports South
(Chip Caray, Joe Simpson, Tom Glavine, Dale Murphy, Jeff Francoeur)
Local radio 680 The Fan
Rock 100.5
Atlanta Braves Radio Network
(Jim Powell, Don Sutton, Mark Lemke)
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The 2018 Atlanta Braves season is the Braves' 53rd season in Atlanta, 148th overall, and second season at SunTrust Park. They improved on their 72-90 season in 2017, and are attempting to make the postseason for the first time since 2013

Offseason

October

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]

November

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]

December

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 season

Game log

2018 Game Log: 74–59 (Home: 35–30; Away: 39–29)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Postponement
Bold = Braves team member

National League East

National League East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Atlanta Braves 7660 0.559 37–31 39–29
Philadelphia Phillies 7264 0.529 4 43–26 29–38
Washington Nationals 6869 0.496 34–33 34–36
New York Mets 6175 0.449 15 28–40 33–35
Miami Marlins 5483 0.394 22½ 32–40 22–43

National League Wild Card

Division Leaders W L Pct.
Chicago Cubs 8155 0.596
Atlanta Braves 7660 0.559
Los Angeles Dodgers 7562 0.547
Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
Milwaukee Brewers 7761 0.558
St. Louis Cardinals 7661 0.555
Colorado Rockies 7462 0.544
Arizona Diamondbacks 7463 0.540 2
Philadelphia Phillies 7264 0.529
Washington Nationals 6869 0.496 8
San Francisco Giants 6870 0.493
Pittsburgh Pirates 6671 0.482 10
New York Mets 6175 0.449 14½
Cincinnati Reds 5978 0.431 17
Miami Marlins 5483 0.394 22
San Diego Padres 5485 0.388 23

Record vs. opponents

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 2–12–23–37–59–76–11–52–54–26–110–48–113–32–59–8
Atlanta 1–23–33–42–52–514–53–412–47–55–14–30–33–09–78–9
Chicago 2–23–39–73–34–35–29–46–14–28–75–23–37–92–111–6
Cincinnati 3–34–37–92–44–01–25–113–33–44–91–24–27–121–610–8
Colorado 5–75–23–34–26–72–42–56–11–23–311–88–52–53–113–7
Los Angeles 7–95–23–40–47–62–44–33–03–45–112–47–90–35–112–8
Miami 1–65–142–52–14–24–22–55–75–81–22–54–33–35–99–11
Milwaukee 5–14–34–911–55–23–45–24–33–34–94–23–18–84–210–7
New York 5–24–121–63–31–60–37–53–48–53–44–24–33–38–77–10
Philadelphia 2–45–72–44–32–14–38–53–35–86–13–34–34–38–812–8
Pittsburgh 1–61–57–89–43–31–52–19–44–31–63–44–37–92–512–5
San Diego 4–103–42–52–18–114–125–22–42–43–34–35–84–32–44–11
San Francisco 11–83–03–32–45–89–73–41–33–43–43–48–52–24–28–12
St. Louis 3–30–39–712–75–23–03–38–83–33–49–73–42–23–110–7
Washington 5–27–91–26–11–31–59–52–47–88–85–24–22–41–39–11

Updated with the results of all games through September 2, 2018.

Roster

Atlanta Braves roster
Active roster Inactive roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers
Starting rotation

Bullpen

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Pitchers


Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

60-day disabled list


32 active, 8 inactive

7- or 10-day disabled list
Suspended list
# Personal leave
Roster and coaches updated September 2, 2018
TransactionsDepth chart

All MLB rosters

Statistics

Source: [6]

Batting

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 127 489 80 155 35 3 20 78 .317 .401 .524 8
Nick Markakis 127 497 69 156 38 2 14 81 .314 .376 .483 1
Ozzie Albies 123 517 86 141 33 3 21 62 .273 .308 .470 12
Ender Inciarte 123 481 60 121 20 4 8 50 .252 .309 .360 24
Dansby Swanson 108 392 44 96 22 3 12 52 .245 .300 .408 6
Johan Camargo 104 351 47 95 21 1 13 60 .271 .351 .447 0
Kurt Suzuki 83 284 39 74 20 0 9 39 .261 .325 .426 0
Preston Tucker 62 117 14 30 10 0 4 22 .256 .307 .444 0
Charlie Culberson 88 234 38 68 18 2 10 36 .291 .336 .513 4
Ryan Flaherty 54 132 16 33 6 0 2 11 .250 .336 .341 3
Peter Bourjos 36 44 5 9 2 1 1 4 .205 .239 .364 0
Tyler Flowers 33 105 14 26 4 0 4 15 .248 .383 .400 0
Ronald Acuña Jr. 76 294 55 84 19 1 21 45 .286 .355 .571 10
Lane Adams 15 17 5 4 0 0 1 4 .235 .381 .412 0
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 6 17 1 3 2 0 0 1 .176 .300 .294 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

Pitching

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 system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Gwinnett Stripers International League Damon Berryhill
AA Mississippi Braves Southern League Chris Maloney
A-Advanced Florida Fire Frogs Florida State League Luis Salazar
A Rome Braves South Atlantic League Ralph "Rocket" Wheeler
Rookie Danville Braves Appalachian League Barrett Kleinknecht
Rookie GCL Braves Gulf Coast League Nestor Pérez
Rookie DSL Braves Dominican Summer League Francisco Santiesteban

References

  1. "Braves GM John Coppolella Resigns Amid MLB Investigation Over International Signings". Sports Illustrated. October 2, 2017. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Braves hire former Dodgers, Blue Jays exec Alex Anthopoulos as GM". ESPN. November 13, 2017. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  3. 1 2 "John Hart steps down as senior advisor for Braves". ESPN. November 17, 2017. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  4. 1 2 3 4 "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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