The Braves finished their winningest season in some time, taking their 96th win of the year with a 12-5 beating of the Phillies at Turner Field this afternoon en route to their first division title since 2005.
Evan Gattis hit his 21st home run of the year, second among major league rookies. Julio Teheran got his 14th win of the year, best among major league rookies. Freddie Freeman drove in two more runs, giving him 109 for the year to go along with a .319 average and 23 home runs.
Zach Miner (0-2) took the loss for the Phillies, as Philadelphia ended the year 73-89 with a new manager, as Ryne Sandberg took the helm after Charlie Manuel was fired in August.
The Braves did not get hom-field advantage for the playoffs, however, as the Cardinals beat the Cubs today to lock that up. The Braves will face the Dodgers in the first round of the playoffs. Game 1 will be at Turner Field on Thursday, so the Braves have a few days to rest up for a deep run.
3B Chris Johnson finished with a batting average of .321, good for second in the National League. Johnson also tacked on 12 HR and 68 RBI in his decent attempt to replace the retired Chipper Jones.
Justin Upton led the Braves with 27 home runs, good for a tie for fourth in the NL, in his first season as a Brave after coming over from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Jason heyward starred in the leadoff rols for a month before getting knocked out by an pitch that hit him in the face in August. He returned to the lineup fo the last nine games of the season, hitting 8-for-30 in his return to active play.
C Brian McCann missed the first fwew weeks of the season and had nagging injuries, but still managed to hit 20 HR in just 102 games. It is his sixth sraight 20-HR season.
Kris Medlenrebounded from a subpar 4-10 start to finish with a respectable 15-12 record and an exceptional 3.11 ERA. Over the past month, Medlen won five straight decisions and posted a 0.84 ERA.
Closer Craig Kimbrel notched 50 saves this season, including 36 straight at one point. He averaged 13.16 strikeouts per nine innings and posted a 1.21 ERA.
Dan Uggla was the Braves’ second biggest disappointment this season/ .Despite slugging 22 HR, Uggla hit just .179 this season and has been losing at bats to Elliot Johnson.
Evan Gattis became a fan favorite, bashing 21 home runs this year and knocking in 65 runs. He enters the playoffs oin a hot streak, hitting 10 for his last 24 (.416).
B. J. Upton
B. J. Upton has been the Braves’ biggest disappointmentthis year. He was supposed to bring a spark to the lineup, but hit just .184 with a whopping 151 strikeouts this year. He has now lost many at-bats to Gattis. He was not delivering with either speed or power, getting just 9 homers and 12 steals.
Freddie Freeman had a monster year,hitting .319 with 23 home runs and a team-leading 109 RBI, good for a tie for second in the National League.
Julio Teheran, in his first full major league season, led all major league rookies with 14 wins and posted a 3.20 ERA. He also struck out 170 batters in 173 innings.