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Atlanta Braves

Stadium: Turner Field | Manager: Fredi Gonzalez
Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Braves.2415731233.38
NL East3rd5th3rd2nd
National League 9th13th10th3rd

Schedule

Wed Sep 17
W 3 - 1WAS
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Fri Sep 19
L 5 - 0NYM
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Sat Sep 20
L 4 - 2NYM
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Sun Sep 21
L 10 - 2NYM
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Mon Sep 22
L 1 - 0PIT
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Tue Sep 23
L 3 - 2PIT
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Wed Sep 24
W 6 - 2PIT
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Thu Sep 25
L 10 - 1PIT
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Fri Sep 26
L 5 - 4at PHI
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Sat Sep 27
W 4 - 2at PHI
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Sun Sep 28
W 2 - 1at PHI
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Standings

NL
East
LEAGUE
W-L
Overall
W-L
Washington86-5696-66
New York68-7479-83
Atlanta72-7079-83
Miami64-7877-85
Philadelphia66-7673-89
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Evan Gattis playing in left field in 2015 is 'an option' for Braves
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Braves catcher Evan Gattis appeared in a career-high 108 games in his second season in the majors in 2014, which was three more games than he played as a rookie in 2013. He appeared in 93 games at catcher and three games at DH, but he made no starts at first base or left field, which were two positions he saw playing time at as a rookie.

Though, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez indicated Gattis could play around 140 games next season if he were to play in left field on top of his catcher responsibilities.

"That's an option," Gonzalez said, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Lack of lineup protection hurt Braves 1B Freddie Freeman in 2014
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was great during clutch situations in 2013, finishing second in the majors with a .443 average with runners in scoring position. However, he wasn't nearly as productive in that area in 2014, batting .294 with runners in scoring position.

"I think the formula for Freddie is getting consistent chances," Braves hitting coach Greg Walker said, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "The (No.) 1 and 2 hole was up and down this year. We couldn’t find consistent answers there. We needed Jason (Heyward) in both spots, in the middle and leading off. That was not what he wanted to do. Jason views himself as a middle-of-the-lineup hitter. He’s a team player and he’s going to do whatever the manager asks him to do, but that’s what he views himself as, a middle-of-the-order hitter.

"But if you give Freddie consistent chances and they pitch to him, that’s another big key. You’ve got to have somebody behind him, that’s part of the puzzle. Yeah, Justin (Upton) had a great year hitting behind him this year, but one reason (Upton) had a lot of RBI is that Freeman walked a lot."

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Craig Kimbrel escapes tough outing with the save
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel struck out one and worked his way around a walk and a hit in a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 4-2 victory over the Phillies. He has converted 46 of 50 save chances, with a 1.63 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP over 60 2/3 innings of relief.

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James Russell named starter for season finale
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

The Braves announced that left-hander James Russell will make the start in Sunday's season finale against Philadelphia. Russell owns a 3.19 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP over 53 2/3 innings of relief this season.

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Aaron Harang ends season at .500
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Braves pitcher Aaron Harang ended his 2014 campaign on a high note Saturday night, scattering eight hits and two runs over 6 2/3 innings to improve to 12-12.

Harang allowed a solo home run to Ryan Howard in the second and a run-scoring single to Howard again in the sixth. He struck out five and walked two in a 4-2 victory. Of his 104 pitches, 71 were strikes.

Harang ends the season with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP over 33 starts. He posted a 161:71 K:BB ratio over 204 1/3 innings of work.

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGFreddie Freeman , 1B.288
HRJustin Upton , LF29
RBIJustin Upton , LF102
OBPFreddie Freeman , 1B.386
SLGJustin Upton , LF.491
RFreddie Freeman , 1B93
SBEmilio Bonifacio , CF26
WJulio Teheran , SP14
ERAAlex Wood , SP2.78
WHIPJulio Teheran , SP1.08
KJulio Teheran , SP186
SVCraig Kimbrel , RP47
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