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2015 Recap: Atlanta Braves

  • Tristan Tippet

Atlanta Braves (67-95, 4th place in NL East)

Andrelton Simmons has led the NL in defensive WAR the past three years Credit: Photo File

Andrelton Simmons has led the NL in defensive WAR the past three years Credit: Photo File

The Braves’ offense really scuffled with Freddie Freeman only appearing in 118 games and he still finished with the most home runs on the team with 18. An Achilles’ injury to closer Jason Grilli in July weakened an already thin bullpen. The Braves brought in a myriad of free agents and made trades that resulted in a roster that wasn’t compelling. The 95 losses are the most since 1990. They won 96 games two years ago. They do have several players who remain from that team who are still young building blocks for a long time.

Top performers

SS Andrelton Simmons: G 147, AB 535, BA .265

SP Shelby Miller: GS 33, IP 205.1, ERA 3.02

1B Freddie Freeman: G 118, AB 416, HR 18

SP Alex Wood: GS 20, IP 119.1, ERA 3.54

RF Nick Markakis: G 156, AB 612, BA .296

Biggest need: Reliever

Grilli had 24 saves with a 2.94 ERA before his injury. They traded two proven relievers Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan. Arodys Vizcaino got his shot at being a closer and had nine saves with a 1.60 ERA. He’s earned the right to start the season as the closer next season. Despite all of that, the Braves finished the season with one of the worst bullpens in baseball. They don’t have a clear candidate for a setup reliever. Maybe it could be Edwin Jackson, who’s had mixed results as a starter, but had a 2.92 ERA in 24 games after being acquired from the Chicago Cubs.

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