2013 Atlanta Braves season

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2013 Atlanta Braves
National League East champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 96–66 (.593)
Divisional place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) Liberty Media/John Malone
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)
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The 2013 Atlanta Braves season was the Braves' 17th season of home games at Turner Field, 48th season in Atlanta, and 138th season of the franchise.

The Braves won their first game of the season (7–5) against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 1.[1] They finished the season 96-66 and first place in the National League East, but lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Division Series.

Offseason[edit]

The Braves began the offseason with some major holes to fill. The Braves were losing future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones to retirement, and centerfielder and lead-off man Michael Bourn was lost to free agency. The idea going into the offseason was to get a centerfielder and either a thirdbaseman or left fielder, with Martin Prado playing either third base or left field depending which way they decided to go.

The Braves signed B. J. Upton to a 5-year $75.25 million contract very early in the offseason, filling the need in centerfield.[2] In January, they then acquired B.J.'s brother Justin Upton, a left fielder from the Diamondbacks, along with third baseman Chris Johnson, in exchange for Prado, Randall Delgado, and three minor league prospects.[3]

The Braves also traded Tommy Hanson to the Angels for relief pitcher Jordan Walden,[4] signed back-up infielder Ramiro Pena,[5] and signed Gerald Laird to replace back-up catcher David Ross, who signed with the Red Sox as a free agent.[6] They also brought back a former teammate by claiming outfielder Jordan Schafer off waivers from the Houston Astros.[7]

Offseason subtractions and additions [8][edit]

Subtractions Additions
RHS Tommy Hanson (traded to Angels)
RHS Jair Jurrjens (signed with Orioles)
RHR Peter Moylan (signed with Dodgers)
RHS Randall Delgado (traded to D'Backs)
RHR Chad Durbin (signed with Phillies)
C David Ross (signed with Red Sox)
C J. C. Boscan (signed with Cubs)
1B/OF Eric Hinske (signed with D'Backs)
1B Lyle Overbay (Signed with Yankees)
3B Chipper Jones (Retired)
INF Jeff Baker (signed with Rangers)
INF/OF Martin Prado (traded to D'Backs)
OF Michael Bourn (signed with Indians)
OF Matt Diaz (signed with Marlins)
RHR Jordan Walden (acquired in trade with Angels)
C Gerald Laird (signed as free agent)
3B Chris Johnson (acquired in trade with D'Backs)
INF Ramiro Pena (signed as free agent)
INF Blake DeWitt (signed as free agent)
OF B. J. Upton (signed as free agent)
OF Justin Upton (acquired in trade from D'Backs)
OF Jordan Schafer (claimed off waivers)

On November 16, 2012, the Atlanta Braves signed free agent C Gerald Laird to a two-year deal worth $3M.

On November 29, the Braves signed free agent CF B.J. Upton to a five-year deal worth $75.25M.

On November 30, the Braves traded RHP Tommy Hanson to Los Angeles Angels for RHP Jordan Walden.

On December 6, the Braves signed free agent LF Reed Johnson to a one-year deal worth $1.6M with the possibility to earn $150k in incentives, as well as a 2014 club option worth $1.6M or a $150K buyout.

On December 7, the Braves signed free agent SS Ramiro Pena to a one-year deal.

On January 24, 2013, the Atlanta Braves traded 3B Martin Prado, RHP Randall Delgado, RHP Zeke Spruill, SS Nick Ahmed and 3B Brandon Drury [1] to the Arizona Diamondbacks for LF Justin Upton and 3B Chris Johnson.

Season highlights[edit]

The Atlanta Braves won their 10th straight game with a 6–3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on April 16, their longest winning streak since the club won 15 straight between April 15 – May 2, 2000. With a 12–1 record up to that point, the Braves were off to their best start since they began the 1994 season 13–1. They also outhomered opponents 25–7 and outscored opponents 68–25 for the best run differential in the majors. After the Braves and Royals had a day off on April 15, players, managers and coaches for both teams wore No. 42 on their jerseys to honor Jackie Robinson on April 16. Like many teams, the Braves also held a moment of silence before the game for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings (April 15).[9]

With Wade Davis pitching 7 scoreless innings, the Royals beat the Braves 1–0 on April 17 to end Atlanta's 10-game winning streak. Atlanta's 10-game winning streak, was one of only five such stretches within the first 13 games of a season since 1900. (2013 Braves 10 / 1982 Braves 13 / 1962 Pirates 10 / 1955 Dodgers 10 / 1938 Giants 11)[10]

On April 26, against the Detroit Tigers, Tiger pitcher Aníbal Sánchez struck out seventeen Atlanta Braves' batters, setting a franchise record previously set by Tigers' left-hander Mickey Lolich in 1972.[11]

On April 30, Braves pitcher Tim Hudson became the 113th major league pitcher and to reach 200 wins. Hudson also went two for three in the game, hitting a home run and a double as the Braves beat the Washington Nationals 8–1.[12]

On June 5, Julio Teherán pitched into the eighth inning with two outs without giving up a hit to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Teherán gave up the first (and only) hit of the game to Pirates pinch hitter Brandon Inge.[13]

On July 24, Tim Hudson was pitching a 4-hit shutout against the New York Mets when Eric Young, Jr. accidentally stepped on Hudson's ankle, resulting in a right ankle fracture that ended Hudson's 2013 season.[14]

From July 26 – August 9 the Braves won 14 straight games (including four consecutive series sweeps) and were one game away from tying the franchise record of 15 set in 2000; the winning streak was snapped after a 0–1 loss to the Miami Marlins on August 10.[15]

Opening Day Starting Lineup[1]
Name Position
Andrelton Simmons Shortstop
Jason Heyward Right fielder
Justin Upton Left fielder
Freddie Freeman First baseman
B. J. Upton Center fielder
Dan Uggla Second baseman
Chris Johnson Third baseman
Gerald Laird Catcher
Tim Hudson Starting pitcher

Awards[edit]

All-Stars

NL Player of the Month

NL Rookie of the Month

NL Player of the Week

Season standings[edit]

National League East[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Atlanta Braves 96 66 0.593 56–25 40–41
Washington Nationals 86 76 0.531 10 47–34 39–42
New York Mets 74 88 0.457 22 33–48 41–40
Philadelphia Phillies 73 89 0.451 23 43–38 30–51
Miami Marlins 62 100 0.383 34 36–45 26–55


National League Wild Card Standings[edit]

Division Winners W L Pct.
St. Louis Cardinals 97 65 0.599
Atlanta Braves 96 66 0.593
Los Angeles Dodgers 92 70 0.568


Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
Pittsburgh Pirates 94 68 0.580 +4
Cincinnati Reds 90 72 0.556
Washington Nationals 86 76 0.531 4
Arizona Diamondbacks 81 81 0.500 9
San Diego Padres 76 86 0.469 14
San Francisco Giants 76 86 0.469 14
Colorado Rockies 74 88 0.457 16
Milwaukee Brewers 74 88 0.457 16
New York Mets 74 88 0.457 16
Philadelphia Phillies 73 89 0.451 17
Chicago Cubs 66 96 0.407 24
Miami Marlins 62 100 0.383 28


Record vs. opponents[edit]

2013 NL 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 2–4 4–3 3–4 12–7 10–9 4–2 6–1 3–4 3–4 3–3 7–12 7–12 4–3 2–4 11–9
Atlanta 4–2 5–1 4–3 6–1 5–2 13–6 2–4 10–9 11–8 4–3 1–5 3–4 4–3 13–6 11–9
Chicago 3–4 1–5 5–14 3–3 1–6 4–3 6–13 3–3 3–3 7–12 3–4 4–3 7–12 3–4 13–7
Cincinnati 4–3 3–4 14–5 2–4 4–3 6–1 10–9 4–2 4–2 8–11 3–3 6–1 8–11 3–4 11–9
Colorado 7–12 1–6 3–3 4–2 10–9 3–4 4–2 3–4 3–4 4–2 12–7 9–10 3–4 3–4 5–15
Los Angeles 9–10 2–5 6–1 3–4 9–10 5–2 4–2 5–1 5–2 4–2 11–8 8–11 4–3 5–1 12–8
Miami 2–4 6–13 3–4 1–6 4–3 2–5 1–5 11–8 7–12 2–4 3–4 4–3 2–4 5–14 9–11
Milwaukee 1–6 4–2 13–6 9–10 2–4 2–4 5–1 4–3 5–2 7–12 3–4 5–2 5–14 3–4 6–14
New York 4–3 9–10 3–3 2–4 4–3 1–5 8–11 3–4 10–9 2–5 4–3 4–2 2–5 7–12 11–9
Philadelphia 4–3 8–11 3–3 2–4 4–3 2–5 12–7 2–5 9–10 3–4 4–2 3–3 2–5 8–11 7–13
Pittsburgh 3–3 3–4 12–7 11–8 2–4 2–4 4–2 12–7 5–2 4–3 3–4 4–3 10–9 4–3 15–5
San Diego 12–7 5–1 4–3 3–3 7–12 8–11 4–3 4–3 3–4 2–4 4–3 8–11 2–4 2–5 8–12
San Francisco 12–7 4–3 3–4 1–6 10–9 11–8 3–4 2–5 2–4 3–3 3–4 11–8 2–4 3–3 6–14
St. Louis 3–4 3–4 12–7 11–8 4–3 3–4 4–2 14–5 5–2 5–2 9–10 4–2 4–2 6–0 10–10
Washington 4–2 6–13 4–3 4–3 4–3 1–5 14–5 4–3 12–7 11–8 3–4 5–2 3–3 0–6 11–9

Updated for games through September 29, 2013


Game log[edit]

Legend
Braves Win Braves Loss Game Postponed
2013 Regular Season Game Log (96–66)

Roster[edit]

2013 Atlanta Braves
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Opening day lineup[edit]

Post-season[edit]

Division Series[edit]

Game 1, October 3[edit]

8:07 p.m. (EDT) at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 6 11 0
Atlanta 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
WP: Clayton Kershaw (1–0)   LP: Kris Medlen (0–1)
Home runs:
LAD: Adrian Gonzalez (1)
ATL: None

Game 2, October 4[edit]

6:07 p.m. (EDT) at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 10 0
Atlanta 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 4 6 0
WP: Mike Minor (1–0)   LP: Zack Greinke (0–1)   Sv: Craig Kimbrel (1)
Home runs:
LAD: Hanley Ramirez (1)
ATL: None

Game 3, October 6[edit]

8:07 p.m. (EDT) at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 10 2
Los Angeles 0 4 2 4 0 0 0 3 X 13 14 0
WP: Chris Capuano (1–0)   LP: Julio Teherán (0–1)
Home runs:
ATL: Jason Heyward (1)
LAD: Carl Crawford (1), Juan Uribe (1)

Game 4, October 7[edit]

9:37 p.m. (EDT) at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 7 0
Los Angeles 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 X 4 11 2
WP: Brian Wilson (1–0)   LP: David Carpenter (0–1)   Sv: Kenley Jansen (1)
Home runs:
ATL: None
LAD: Carl Crawford 2 (3), Juan Uribe (2)

Player statistics[edit]

Statistics updated after game on September 4, 2013.[20][21]
denotes player is on 15-day disabled list.
denotes player is on 60-day disabled list.
* denotes player is active, but on the inactive roster.
x denotes player was traded mid-season and is no longer in the organization.

Batting[edit]

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB K SB AVG OBP SLG
Andrelton Simmons 134 527 66 131 22 4 13 49 200 34 47 5 .249 .295 .380
Justin Upton 127 478 84 125 23 2 24 64 224 66 141 7 .262 .354 .469
Freddie Freeman 125 474 72 145 24 2 19 94 230 55 102 1 .306 .383 .485
Chris Johnson 121 436 47 144 29 0 10 58 203 25 99 0 .330 .366 .466
Dan Uggla 120 412 59 76 10 3 21 53 155 69 152 2 .184 .311 .376
B. J. Upton 110 357 30 71 14 0 9 26 112 40 133 12 .199 .281 .314
Jason Heyward 95 352 60 89 19 1 13 37 149 43 67 2 .253 .347 .423
Brian McCann 88 311 38 84 11 0 19 52 152 33 58 0 .270 .344 .489
Evan Gattis 82 263 34 65 15 0 16 48 128 19 61 0 .247 .304 .487
Jordan Schafer 80 194 30 53 7 3 3 19 75 23 58 20 .273 .350 .387
Reed Johnson 66 114 13 30 7 1 1 11 42 5 29 0 .263 .328 .368
Luis Avilán 65 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Anthony Varvaro 53 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Ramiro Peña 50 97 14 27 5 1 3 12 43 8 18 0 .278 .330 .443
David Carpenter 44 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Joey Terdoslavich 43 67 11 17 4 0 0 4 21 9 19 1 .254 .338 .313
Gerald Laird 41 100 8 27 7 0 1 13 37 11 18 1 .270 .357 .370
Paul Janish 41 37 6 7 2 0 0 2 9 3 10 0 .189 .244 .243
Juan Francisco x 35 108 10 26 2 0 5 16 43 7 43 0 .241 .287 .398
Kris Medlen 28 47 3 9 2 0 1 4 14 3 18 1 .191 .235 .298
Mike Minor 27 51 3 9 1 0 1 6 13 2 19 0 .176 .208 .255
Julio Teheran 27 51 1 11 3 0 0 2 14 2 15 0 .216 .245 .275
Alex Wood 24 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0 .000 .000 .000
Paul Maholm 23 46 2 6 1 0 0 1 7 1 23 0 .130 .149 .152
Tim Hudson 21 38 2 6 1 0 1 3 10 4 14 0 .158 .238 .263
Tyler Pastornicky 20 30 5 9 1 0 0 0 10 1 5 0 .300 .323 .333
José Constanza 16 27 1 5 0 0 0 1 5 0 5 0 .185 .185 .185
Elliot Johnson 12 33 2 9 3 1 0 3 14 1 8 2 .273 .294 .424
Todd Cunningham * 8 8 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 .250 .250 .250
Brandon Beachy 5 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 .125 .222 .125
Philip Gosselin * 4 6 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 .333 .429 .333
Blake DeWitt x 4 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .333 .333 .667
Kameron Loe 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Freddy García 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

R Player G GS QS W L SV HLD IP H ER HR BB K ERA
1 Mike Minor 27 27 19 13 5 0 0 172.2 146 59 17 38 153 3.08
2 Julio Teheran 26 26 16 11 7 0 0 161.1 151 54 19 42 148 3.01
3 Kris Medlen 28 27 18 12 12 0 0 168.0 176 65 18 39 133 3.48
4 Alex Wood 24 9 5 3 3 0 0 65.2 58 23 3 22 68 3.15
5 Paul Maholm 23 23 11 10 10 0 0 134.2 146 66 14 44 91 4.41
Brandon Beachy 5 5 4 2 1 0 0 30.0 27 15 5 4 23 4.50
Tim Hudson 21 21 13 8 7 0 0 131.1 120 58 10 36 95 3.97

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G GS QS W L SV HLD IP H ER HR BB K ERA
Luis Avilán 65 0 0 5 0 0 22 58.1 34 9 0 21 32 1.39
Craig Kimbrel 58 0 0 3 2 44 0 57.2 32 6 3 17 83 0.94
Anthony Varvaro 53 0 0 3 1 1 5 64.1 57 21 2 21 38 2.94
Jordan Walden 46 0 0 4 2 1 14 43.2 31 12 1 13 52 2.47
David Carpenter 44 0 0 3 0 0 7 54.1 41 12 4 19 62 1.99
Cory Gearrin * 37 0 0 2 1 1 1 31.0 30 13 2 16 23 3.77
Kris Medlen 28 27 18 12 12 0 0 168.0 176 65 18 39 133 3.48
Alex Wood 24 9 5 3 3 0 0 65.2 58 23 3 22 68 3.15
Luis Ayala 27 0 0 1 1 0 5 23.2 23 6 1 11 15 2.28
Eric O'Flaherty 19 0 0 3 0 0 12 18.0 12 5 2 5 11 2.50
Scott Downs 17 0 0 2 0 0 6 11.2 10 3 0 7 14 2.31
Kameron Loe 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 7.0 16 8 2 5 3 10.29
Cory Rasmus x 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.2 8 6 4 3 6 8.10
Freddy García 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.1 4 0 0 1 4 0.00
Cristhian Martinez 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.1 5 2 0 0 0 7.71
David Hale 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Gwinnett Braves International League Randy Ready
AA Mississippi Braves Southern League Aaron Holbert
A Lynchburg Hillcats Carolina League Luis Salazar
A Rome Braves South Atlantic League Randy Ingle
Rookie Danville Braves Appalachian League Jonathan Schuerholz
Rookie GCL Braves Gulf Coast League Rocket Wheeler

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