2013 Atlanta Braves season
|2013 Atlanta Braves|
|National League East champions|
The Braves during a home game in April 2013
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Liberty Media/John Malone|
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The Braves won their first game of the season (7–5) against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 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.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Season highlights
- 3 Season standings
- 4 Roster
- 5 Post-season
- 6 Player statistics
- 7 Farm system
- 8 References
- 9 External links
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. 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.
The Braves also traded Tommy Hanson to the Angels for relief pitcher Jordan Walden, signed back-up infielder Ramiro Pena, and signed Gerald Laird to replace back-up catcher David Ross, who signed with the Red Sox as a free agent. They also brought back a former teammate by claiming outfielder Jordan Schafer off waivers from the Houston Astros.
|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 29, the Braves signed free agent CF B.J. Upton to a five-year deal worth $75.25M.
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  to the Arizona Diamondbacks for LF Justin Upton and 3B Chris Johnson.
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).
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Opening Day Starting Lineup|
|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|
|Tim Hudson||Starting pitcher|
- Craig Kimbrel
- Freddie Freeman (winner of All-Star Final Vote)
- Brian McCann (replaced Freeman on the roster due to injury.)
- Tim Hudson (April 29 – May 5)
- Brian McCann (with Homer Bailey; July 1–7)
- Andrelton Simmons- 2013 Gold Glove [Shortstop]
National League East
|New York Mets||74||88||0.457||22||33–48||41–40|
National League Wild Card Standings
|(1) St. Louis Cardinals||97||65||0.599|
|(2) Atlanta Braves||96||66||0.593|
|(3) Los Angeles Dodgers||92||70||0.568|
Wild Card teams|
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
|(4) Pittsburgh Pirates||94||68||0.580||+4|
|(5) Cincinnati Reds||90||72||0.556||—|
|San Diego Padres||76||86||0.469||14|
|San Francisco Giants||76||86||0.469||14|
|New York Mets||74||88||0.457||16|
Record vs. opponents
2013 National League Records
Source: NL Standings Head-to-Head
Legend Braves Win Braves Loss Game Postponed
|2013 Regular Season Game Log (96–66)|
|2013 Atlanta Braves|
Opening day lineup
- C – Gerald Laird
- P – Tim Hudson
- 1B – Freddie Freeman
- 2B – Dan Uggla
- 3B – Chris Johnson
- SS – Andrelton Simmons
- LF – Justin Upton
- CF – B. J. Upton
- RF – Jason Heyward
Game 1, October 3
|WP: Clayton Kershaw (1–0) LP: Kris Medlen (0–1)
LAD: Adrian Gonzalez (1)
Game 2, October 4
|WP: Mike Minor (1–0) LP: Zack Greinke (0–1) Sv: Craig Kimbrel (1)
LAD: Hanley Ramirez (1)
Game 3, October 6
|WP: Chris Capuano (1–0) LP: Julio Teherán (0–1)
ATL: Jason Heyward (1)
LAD: Carl Crawford (1), Juan Uribe (1)
Game 4, October 7
|WP: Brian Wilson (1–0) LP: David Carpenter (0–1) Sv: Kenley Jansen (1)
LAD: Carl Crawford 2 (3), Juan Uribe (2)
Statistics updated after game on September 4, 2013.
† 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.
|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|
|Reed Johnson †||66||114||13||30||7||1||1||11||42||5||29||0||.263||.328||.368|
|Ramiro Peña ‡||50||97||14||27||5||1||3||12||43||8||18||0||.278||.330||.443|
|Juan Francisco x||35||108||10||26||2||0||5||16||43||7||43||0||.241||.287||.398|
|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|
|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|
|–||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|
|Cory Gearrin *||37||0||0||2||1||1||1||31.0||30||13||2||16||23||3.77|
|Eric O'Flaherty ‡||19||0||0||3||0||0||12||18.0||12||5||2||5||11||2.50|
|Cory Rasmus x||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||6.2||8||6||4||3||6||8.10|
|Cristhian Martinez ‡||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.1||5||2||0||0||0||7.71|
- "Atlanta Braves (1–0) 7, Philadelphia Phillies (0–1) 5 April 1, 2013". MLB.com. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
- "Braves hit 5 HRs, extend win streak to 10 games with victory over Royals". AP. ESPN.com. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
- "Wade Davis pitches 7 scoreless innings as Royals snap Braves' streak". AP. ESPN.com. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
- Anibal sets Tigers record with career-high 17 K's MLB.com, April 26, 2013
- "Braves’ Hudson Homers in His 200th Career Win". New York Times. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
- Rogers, Carroll. "Teheran comes four outs shy of no-no in victory over Pirates". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Cox Media Group. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
- O'Brien, David (July 24, 2013). "Braves’ Hudson breaks ankle in win against Mets". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
- O'Brien, David (August 10, 2013). "Braves’ winning streak ends against Marlins". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
- Calcaterra, Craig. "Justin Upton, Chris Davis named Players of the Month for April". NBCSports.com. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
- "2013 Player of the Month winners: Rookie of the Month". MLB.com. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
- "Tim Hudson of the Atlanta Braves named National League Player of the Week". MLB. May 6, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
- "Homer Bailey of the Cincinnati Reds and Brian McCann of the Atlanta Braves named the National League Co-Players of the Week". Major League Baseball. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
- Atlanta Braves Batting Stats – 2013, ESPN.com
- Atlanta Braves Pitching Stats – 2013, ESPN.com
- Leventhal, Josh, ed. (2013). Baseball America 2014 Almanac. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. ISBN 978-1-932391-48-0.
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