2016 Atlanta Braves season

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2016 Atlanta Braves
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Liberty Media/John Malone
General manager(s) John Coppolella
Manager(s) Fredi González
Brian Snitker
Local television Fox Sports Southeast
Fox Sports South
(Chip Caray, Joe Simpson, Tom Glavine, Dale Murphy)
Local radio WCNN
WNNX
Atlanta Braves Radio Network
(Jim Powell, Don Sutton, Mark Lemke)
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The 2016 Atlanta Braves season is the Braves' 20th and last season of home games at Turner Field before moving to SunTrust Park, 51st season in Atlanta and 141st season of the franchise.

File:TFPatch.jpg
The Braves will wear a patch on their uniforms in honor of Turner Field's final season

Season standings

National League East

National League East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Washington Nationals 95 67 0.586 50–31 45–36
New York Mets 87 75 0.537 8 44–37 43–38
Miami Marlins 79 82 0.491 15½ 40–40 39–42
Philadelphia Phillies 71 91 0.438 24 37–44 34–47
Atlanta Braves 68 93 0.422 26½ 31–50 37–43


National League Wild Card

Division Leaders W L Pct.
Chicago Cubs 103 58 0.640
Washington Nationals 95 67 0.586
Los Angeles Dodgers 91 71 0.562


Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
San Francisco Giants 87 75 0.537
New York Mets 87 75 0.537
St. Louis Cardinals 86 76 0.531 1
Miami Marlins 79 82 0.491
Pittsburgh Pirates 78 83 0.484
Colorado Rockies 75 87 0.463 12
Milwaukee Brewers 73 89 0.451 14
Philadelphia Phillies 71 91 0.438 16
Arizona Diamondbacks 69 93 0.426 18
Atlanta Braves 68 93 0.422 18½
San Diego Padres 68 94 0.420 19
Cincinnati Reds 68 94 0.420 19


Record vs. opponents

2016 National League 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 5–2 2-5 3-3 10-9 7-12 2-4 3-4 5-1 4-3 1–5 10-9 6-13 4–3 2-5 5-15
Atlanta 2-5 3-3 3-4 1-6 1-5 11-7 2-5 10-9 11-8 3-4 4-2 3-4 2-4 4-15 8-12
Chicago 5-2 3-3 15-4 2-4 4-3 4-3 11-8 2-5 5-1 14-4 4–2 4-3 10-9 5-2 15-5
Cincinnati 3-3 4-3 4-15 5–2 2-5 3-4 11-8 0–6 4–2 9-10 3-4 3-3 9-10 3-4 5-15
Colorado 9-10 6-1 4-2 2–5 7-12 2-5 1-5 6-1 2-5 2-5 10-9 9-10 2-4 4-2 9-11
Los Angeles 12-7 5–1 3-4 5-2 12–7 1-6 5-2 4–3 4-2 2-5 11-8 8-11 4-2 5-1 10-10
Miami 4-2 7-11 3-4 4-3 5-2 6-1 4–2 7-12 9-10 6–1 3-3 2-4 4-3 9-10 6-14
Milwaukee 4-3 5-2 8-11 8-11 5-1 2-5 2–4 2-5 3-4 9-10 3-4 1–5 6-13 4-2 11-9
New York 1-5 9-10 5-2 6–0 1–6 3–4 12-7 5-2 12-7 3-3 4-3 4-3 3-3 7-12 12-8
Philadelphia 3-4 8-11 1-5 2–4 5-2 2-4 10-9 4-3 7-12 3-4 5-2 3-3 2-5 5-14 11-9
Pittsburgh 5–1 4-3 4-14 10-9 5–2 5-2 1–6 10-9 3-3 4-3 3-3 4-3 9-10 2-4 9-11
San Diego 9-10 2-4 2-4 4-3 9-10 8-11 3-3 4-3 3-4 2-5 3-3 8-11 1–6 4-3 6-14
San Francisco 13-6 4-3 3-4 3-3 10-9 11-8 4-2 5–1 3-4 3-3 3-4 11-8 3-4 3-4 8-12
St. Louis 3–4 4-2 9-10 10-9 4-2 2-4 3-4 13-6 3-3 5-2 10-9 6–1 4-3 2–5 8-12
Washington 5-2 15-4 2-5 4-3 2-4 1-5 10-9 2-4 12-7 14-5 4-2 3-4 4-3 5–2 12-8

Through games of October 2, 2016.


Season summary

April

Opening Day and first series vs. Nationals

2016 Opening Day lineup
Position Name
Center Fielder Ender Inciarte
Shortstop Erick Aybar
First Baseman Freddie Freeman
Third Baseman Adonis García
Right Fielder Nick Markakis
Left Fielder Héctor Olivera
Catcher A. J. Pierzynski
Second Baseman Jace Peterson
Starting Pitcher Julio Teherán

The Braves began their season with a 4–3 loss in 10 innings after blowing the save in the top of the 9th.[1] Nick Markakis of the Braves fell afoul of Major League Baseball's new "Chase Utley Rule" in the 7th inning when he slid too far out to the left of second base and initially prevented Daniel Murphy of the Nationals from making the double play.[2]

The Braves ended their two-game series against the Nationals with a 3–1 loss after Matt den Dekker, who had been called up from the Syracuse Chiefs just a few hours prior, hit a two-run double to right-center.[3]

Consecutive series sweeps

Despite opening up their next series with a four-run lead, the Braves gave up seven unanswered runs in a 7–4 loss to the Cardinals.[4] Atlanta also gave up an MLB record three home runs to pinch hitters.[5] In the second of the three-game series against the Cardinals, the Braves allowed nine unanswered runs in a 12–2 loss.[6] After the loss, the Braves were the only team in the National League to have not won a single game yet.[7] Atlanta closed out a three-game series against the Cardinals with a 12–7 loss.[8] Braves pitcher Daniel Winkler suffered an elbow fracture after pitching 6 2/3rd's innings.[9]

Things didn't improve on the first road trip of the season as the Braves lost 6–4 to the Nationals and fell to 0–6 for the first time since 1988.[10] Mallex Smith, who earned a hit in his MLB debut, left the game in the fourth inning after suffering a cut to his face by his helmet.[11] After eight scoreless innings in the second game of the series, Bryce Harper brought in two runs on a double to left field and the Nationals won 2–1.[12] Home runs by Stephen Drew and Jayson Werth in the fourth inning handed the Braves their eighth loss of the season as the Nationals won 3–0.[13] The Braves ended their road series against the Nationals with a 6–2 loss.[14]

First wins vs. Marlins

After trailing 3–0 against the Marlins, the Braves scored six unanswered runs to win their first game of the season.[15] Jason Grilli earned his first save since July of 2015 with a 6–4 win over the Marlins in the second game of the series.[16] The Braves swept the series over the Marlins with a 6–5 victory in a 10-inning game.[17]

Continued struggles

The Braves earned their fourth win of the season against former Braves pitcher Alex Wood and the Los Angeles Dodgers in a lopsided 8–1 game at Turner Field.[18] Wood said after the game that it "was not really the way I pictured coming back here for the first time. Fastball command was the most frustrating thing. I don't even know if I've walked in a run before in my professional career. The walks were pretty frustrating. It was a tough one to swallow, but I have another one in five days."[19] Despite a 3-1 lead, the Dodgers scored four unanswered runs to snap the Braves four-game win streak.[20] A Yasmani Grandal double in the 10th inning gave the Dodgers a 2–1 victory in the Braves's fourth extra-inning game of the season.[21]

The Braves opened their next series with a 6–3 loss to the New York Mets.[22] In the second game of the series, the Braves lost 8–2.[23] The Braves ended their three-game series against the Mets with a 3–2 loss.[24]

In their first interleague series of the season, former Braves closer Craig Kimbrel earned his 94th career save at Turner Field in a 1–0 victory over the Braves.[25] In the second game of the series, David Price pitched 14 strikeouts to secure an 11–4 victory over the Braves.[26] In the third game of the series and first of two at Fenway Park, the Braves surrendered a grand slam to Dustin Pedroia in a 9–4 loss to the Red Sox.[27] Freddie Freeman ended the Braves's 15-game home run-less streak with a deep ball into right-center field in the eighth inning.[28] In the final game of the series, three RBI's by Markakis contributed to the Braves ending their eight-game losing skid with a 5–3 victory over the Red Sox.[29]

Despite a Freeman home run in the fourth inning, the Braves allowed six unanswered runs, including their fourth grand slam of the season, in a 6–1 loss to the Cubs.[30]

May

4–10 start

A sacrifice fly by Markakis in the 10th inning allowed Daniel Castro to score the go-ahead run and beat the Cubs 4–3.[31]

In his 2016 debut, Mike Foltynewicz gave up three home runs in a 4–1 loss to the Mets.[32] In the second game of the series, pitcher Matt Wisler surrendered one hit and earned his first win of the season in a 3–0 game against the Mets.[33] The Braves fell 8–0 in the series finale to the Mets.[34] Primary leadoff hitter Markakis wasn't in the lineup for the series finale as he traveled back home to Baltimore to tend to a family emergency.[35]

Two errors by the Braves led to a 7–2 loss in the first of three games against the Diamondbacks.[36] Former Braves starting pitcher Shelby Miller earned his first win of the season in a 4–2 victory over the Braves.[37] Despite a two-run RBI by Jeff Francoeur to tie the game, the Braves gave up two home runs in the 11th inning in a 5–3 loss to the Diamondbacks.[38]

Despite a ninth inning home run from Freeman and two players in scoring position, the Braves lost 3–2 in the first of three games against the Phillies.[39] After being recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett, Williams Pérez surrendered one hit in eight innings pitched in a 5–1 victory over the Phillies.[40] Despite a three-run double by Gordon Beckham in the seventh inning, the Braves were unable to capitalize with runners in walk off position in the ninth and fell 7–4 to the Phillies in the 10th.[41]

The Braves opened up a three-game road series with a 5–1 loss to the reigning World Series champion Kansas City Royals.[42] Foltynewicz earned his first win of the season with a 5–0 victory over the Royals.[43] Despite tying the game in the ninth inning, Grilli gave up a two-run walk off home run to Kendrys Morales to fall 4–2 in the 13th inning.[44] Despite home runs from Francoeur and Kelly Johnson, the Braves fell 8–5 to the Pittsburgh Pirates.[45]

González and Tosca dismissed

On May 17, Fredi González was fired from his position as team manager, as was Carlos Tosca from his position as bench coach.[46] Brian Snitker, manager of Triple-A Gwinnett, was promoted to interim manager of the Atlanta Braves.[47] His debut didn't fare too well as, despite a season-high of nine runs, a seven-run deficit in the first inning proved too much to overcome in a 12–9 loss.[48] Tyler Flowers hitting in three of four plate appearances and Julio Teherán surrendering only five hits gave Snitker his first win as an MLB manager in a 3–1 victory over the Pirates.[49] The Braves closed out this four-game road series with an 8–2 loss.[50] Regular shortstop Erick Aybar was removed from the lineup after undergoing a procedure to remove a dislodged chicken bone.[51]

Despite surrendering a run in the first inning, three two-run home runs from Freeman and Markakis gave the Braves a 7–1 victory in the first of three games against the Phillies.[52] Pérez allowed only two hits in 6 1/3 innings pitched to give the Braves their second series victory of the season in a 2–0 win over the Phillies.[53] The Braves were unable to pull off a sweep of the series as they fell 5–0 to the Phillies.[54]

The Braves opened up their next series back home with a 2–1 loss to the Brewers.[55] Despite the loss, Julio Teherán recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts, including four in one inning.[56] The Braves couldn't capitalize on loaded bases in the 12th inning, gave up a run on a single by Jonathan Villar and lost 3–2 in 13 innings.[57] The Braves concluded their three-game series against the Brewers with a 6–2 loss.[58]

Despite surrendering two runs in the third inning, key hits by Freeman and Markakis led to four unanswered runs scored by the Braves in a 4–2 win over the Marlins.[59] The Braves earned their first home series win of the season in a 7-2 victory over the Marlins.[60] The Braves failed to sweep the Marlins for the second time this season in a 7–3 loss to conclude the series.[61]

The Braves opened up their next series with a 5–3 win over the Giants.[62] Wisler put on a solid pitching performance until he allowed three runs in the eighth inning and the Braves fell 4-0.[63]

Game log

Legend
  Braves win
  Braves loss
  Postponement
Bold Braves team member
2016 Game Log (15–36)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Postponement
Bold = Braves team member

Roster

Atlanta Braves roster
Active roster Inactive roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers
Starting rotation

Bullpen

Closer

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Pitchers


Infielders



Manager

Coaches

60-day disabled list

Restricted list

25 active, 12 inactive

10px 7- or 15-day disabled list
Suspended list
# Personal leave
Roster and coaches updated May 31, 2016
TransactionsDepth chart
All MLB rosters

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Gwinnett Braves International League Rick Albert
AA Mississippi Braves Southern League Luis Salazar
A-Advanced Carolina Mudcats Carolina League Rocket Wheeler
A Rome Braves South Atlantic League Randy Ingle
Rookie Danville Braves Appalachian League Robinson Cancel
Rookie GCL Braves Arizona League Nestor Perez
Rookie DSL Braves Dominican Summer League Francisco Santiesteban

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