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Old 10-20-2017, 11:02 AM   #61
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Braves drop 2nd Game of Home Opener

The Atlanta Braves started Game 2 of the Opening Day Series strong but Bullpen drops the ball. Dansby Swanson had a 2 HR day, while Freddie Freeman posted a HR single of his own. However, Mauricio Cabrera drops the ball allowing 3 in the bottom of the 7th. The Braves hope to that pitching is strong enough to close out Game 3 of the Opening Day series and secure their first win.

SS - Dansby Swanson: 3 R, 3 H, 2 RBI (2 HR)

1B - Freddie Freeman: 1 R, 1 H, 2 RBI (1 HR)

SP - Julio Teheran: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, (2 Single HR)

RP - Mauricio Cabrera: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 K (1 HR)
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First Win

Michael Pineda had a good first start of the 2018 campaign to get the Braves on track. After dropping the first 2 out of 3 games in the Cincinnati Reds Home Opener Series, the Braves notch their first W in the Win Column.

Michael Pineda pitched: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, on 95 pitches.

Ronald Acuna, Freddie Freeman, and Matt Kemp all chipped in with multiple hit games.

The Braves will host the Miami Marlins in Atlanta as they Open NL East play and play their first game in Sun Trust Park.
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Braves win Home Opener!

The Offense and Defense shines in a big Home Opener against rival Miami. The Braves shut out the Marlins 5-0 to go 2-2 on the season. Rio Ruiz hit a 3 Run HR in the 6th and Miami was unable to answer. Mike Foltynewicz also had a decent outing posting his first win on the season.

Rio Ruiz - 1 R, 1 H, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K (1 HR)

Freddie Freeman - 2 R, 1 H, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K

SP - Mike Foltynewicz - 5.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
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Braves go Back to Back

The Atlanta Braves go back to back in their Home Series against the Miami Marlins to go 3-2 on the season. Dansby Swanson took matters into his own hands today, notching a 2 Run Home Run and a Triple to put the team out front. However, Swanson left the game on a stretcher as he tore his hamstring in half. Swanson was placed on the 10 Day DL but is expected to miss 4 weeks. Micah Johnson is going to take his place on the roster. Lifewise, Matt Kemp injured his obligue and is DTD for the next 5 days. However, the Braves believe he will still be able to play in relief if needed. Rio Ruiz got in on the fun as well, hitting a HR of his own. Finally, Sean Newcomb looked good in his first start of the season.

Dansby Swanson - 3 AB, 1 R, 2 H, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K, (1 HR)

Rio Ruiz - 4 AB, 1 R, 3 H, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K, (1 HR)

Nick Markakis - 3 AB, 2 R, 2 H, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K,

Sean Newcomb - 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR on 96 pitches.

Boone Logan was awarded the save.
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Braves unable to Complete the Sweep

The Atlanta Braves dropped the final game of the Home Opening Series to the Miami Marlins on a poor Bull Pen Performance by Caleb Dirks. Yu Darvish was magnificent through 7 IP and Freddie Freeman carried the offense. However, it wasn't enough to answer.

Yu Darvish - 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 0 HR on 97 IP

Freddie Freeman - 4 AB, 0 R, 3 H, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K.

This is the last Opening Series update of this season. Monthly Updates to come as normal .
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End of April Update

End of April Update
The Altanta Braves have all systems firing as they open the first month of play. The Braves currently 17-10 (I am on May 4th, 2018) are in 2nd place in the NL East behind the Washington Nationals; who lead the division by 1 ½ games. The team continues to perform well, despite injuries to key players such as CL - Jim Johnson, SS – Dansby Swanson, OF – Ender Inciarte, and OF – Matt Kemp amongst others. However, these injuries provide opportunities for AAA players such as RP – Mauricio Cabrera and RP – Jacob Lindgren and hitters such as OF – Adam Walker and OF – Tyler Neslony. While these youngsters learn the game on the top level of play, Veterans are playing top level baseball to help offset the statistical drop off. The Braves only expect to improve once these pre-season starters return to the line-up.

Nick Markakis receives Extension
Atlanta Braves RF – Nick Markakis agreed to the terms of a 3-year $24 Million contract extension which will extend his services to the 2021 season. Markakis, 34 years old, will be 37 years old when the contract extension. However, his statistics have remained stable throughout his entire career.

GM Matthew Corwin stated:
“It is a relief that we could retain Nick in our starting lineup. He has been one of the most consistent bats in our lineup and a true leader in the clubhouse. As the team continues to improve, I am pleased that Nick agrees with our process and chose to remain a member of the Atlanta Braves.”

In 2017, Markakis hit: 453 AB, 3.1 WAR, 11.80 BB%, 10.60 SO%, .366 wOBA, .141 ISO, .335 BABIP, 134 wRC+.

In 2018, Markakis is off to a great start hitting: 76 AB, 0.4 WAR, 136 OPS +, 0.4 WAR, 13.2 BB%, 18.40 SO%, .371 wOBA, .159 ISO, .362 BABIP, 139 wRC+.

New Braves on Fire
Yu Darvish and Michael Pineda have lived up to their hype thus far. Darvish who signed a 5-Year $49.5 Million-dollar contract is off to a great start. Likewise, Pineda who signed a 4-Year $28 Million-dollar contract is also performing quite well.

Yu Darvish pitched: 36 IP, .221 BABIP, 1.3 HR/9, 24 K%, 10 BB%, 56.7 GO%, 99 FIP-, 0.5 WAR

Michael Pineda pitched: 24.2 IP, .268 BABIP, 0.0 HR/9, 18 K%, 10 BB%, 60.4 GO%, 75 FIP-, 0.7 WAR

This Month’s Hot Bats include:
1B – Freddie Freeman: 92 AB, 187 OPS+, 1.5 WAR, 12 BB%, 15.7 SO%, .450 wOBA, .261 ISO, .391 BABIP, 193 wRC+.

2B – Ozzie Albies: 100 AB, 104 OPS+, 0.8 WAR, 5.6 BB%, 7.5 SO%, .328 wOBA, .120 ISO, .311 BABIP, 109 wRC+.

3B – Rio Ruiz: 100 AB, 107 OPS+, 0.9 WAR, 14 BB%, 17 SO%, .340 wOBA, .151 ISO, .288 BABIP, 117 wRC+.

Nick Markakis (See Above).
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Old 10-30-2017, 04:47 AM   #67
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End of May 2018 Update

End of May Update
It was a good month of baseball for the Atlanta Braves. The Braves are currently sitting 2nd place in the NL East conference only 1 game behind the Washington Nationals. The Braves are currently playing 35-20 (.636) record, going 10-0 in their last 10 games. The Braves are led by 1B – Freddie Freeman, who continues to produce outstanding offensive numbers. Furthermore, the Braves have enjoyed solid pitching this season with the additions of Yu Darvish and Michael Pineda to their Starting Rotation.

Return of Injured Stars?
Ender Inciarte returned from the DL for the first time in nearly 3 months and immediately made an impact in the starting lineup. In 25 AB, Inciarte hit: 114 OPS+, 0.2 WAR, 16.1 BB%, 12.9 SO%, .346 wOBA, .120 ISO, .333 BABIP, 119 wRC+. This was a significant improvement over youngsters Adam Walker and Tyler Neslony who continued to struggle through the second full month of play. Despite this dramatic improvement, Inciarte was placed back on the 10-Day Disabled List with Hamstring Tendonitis. He is expected to miss 2-3 Weeks of play.

Dansby Swanson was also taken off the Disabled List for the first time in 4 weeks after suffering a Torn Hamstring. However, unlike Inciarte, Swanson has continued to struggle early in his 2018 Campaign. In 49 AB, Swanson hit: 41 OPS+, 0.0 WAR, 14.3 BB%, 28.6 SO%, .244 wOBA, .119 ISO, .185 BABIP, 49 wRC+. Swanson completed about 2 weeks of Minor League play where he put up similar numbers before rejoining the Major League squad. However, despite his natural playing ability, I expect a bounce back before the end of the season and have not given up on the young Short Stop.

Closer Jim Johnson suffered a setback during his time on the DL and will be out an additional 5-6 Weeks. The Veteran Closer was expected to play a major role in the Bull Pen this season and has yet to throw a pitch for the Atlanta Braves in 2018. With his contract due to end after the 2018 season, the Braves might decide to part ways with the closer and search for other options within the organization. However, there Is still a ton of baseball left to be played and Johnson could be a huge contributor to the team if they reach the playoffs.

Matt Kemp has approximately 15 days left on the DL after he suffered a Fractured Rib in the first week of play. Kemp has struggled during his time with the Braves and has greatly underperformed his salary. With another $36 M left on his contract, which ends in 2019, the Braves have been unable to move the veteran outfielder. The only option is wait and hope that Kemp can reinvent himself and find ways to contribute to the team. I decided not to track his stats for this month as his sample size is way too small.

Pitching Dominance
The additions of Yu Darvish and Michael Pineda have been one of the reasons that the Braves have found success this season. Adding these veterans to the Starting Rotation have allowed the younger starting pitchers to enter more favorable matchups against their opponents. Darvish and Pineda have also added a great sense of leadership to the Bullpen and have been a positive force in shaping team culture. In 2018,
the Starting Rotation has gone (W/L)

• Yu Darvish 6-3
• Julio Teheran 5-3
• Michael Pineda 5-2
• Mike Foltynewicz 5-1
• Sean Newcomb 5-2

In addition to the above average win total for the Starting Rotation, the team has put up above average metrics as well.

SP – Yu Darvish: 73.2 IP, .277 BABIP, 1.0 HR/9, 27.7 K%, 7.6 BB%, 55.6 GO%, 80 FIP-, 1.8 WAR

SP – Julio Teheran: 56.1 IP, .268 BABIP, 0.8 HR/9, 18.3 K%, 6.5 BB%, 52.0 GO%, 87 FIP-, 1.1 WAR

SP – Michael Pineda: 51.2 IP, .297 BABIP, 0.5 HR/9, 17.4 K%, 9.2 BB%, 57.9 GO%, 86 FIP-, 1.1 WAR

SP – Mike Foltynewicz: 59.1 IP, .268 BABIP, 1.2 HR/9, 23.5 K%, 9.5 BB%, 51.8 GO%, 100 FIP-, 0.8 WAR

SP – Sean Newcomb: 51.O IP, .278 BABIP, 0.9 HR/9, 17.2 K%, 15 BB%, 55.7 GO%, 119 FIP-, 0.2 WAR

The Bullpen has also played outstanding baseball in thus far in 2018.
Despite the presence of Veteran Closer Jim Johnson, Boone Logan, Ian Krol, and Mauricio Cabrera have stepped up to the figurative plate and delivered for the Braves.

CL – Boone Logan: 23.1 IP, .351 BABIP, 0.8 HR/9, 29.1 K%, 9.7 BB%, 61.1 GO%, 85 FIP-, 0.3 WAR (17 SV)

SU – Ian Krol: 24.0 IP, .284 BABIP, 0.4 HR/9, 24.2 K%, 3.2 BB%, 63.8 GO%, 58 FIP-, 0.6 WAR

RP – Mauricio Cabrera: 22.2 IP, .212 BABIP, 0.4 HR/9, 26.7 K%, 9.3 BB%, 57.1 GO%, 71 FIP-, 0.4 WAR

Hot Hitters
Freddie Freeman and gang really have the offense moving this season as they work towards their second consecutive playoff berth. Additionally, Austin Romine, Ozzie Albies, Ender Inciarte, Ronald Acuna, and Nick Markakis playing tremendous baseball, and receiving quality support from Danny Santana and Jace Peterson, the team looks to be a serious contender in 2018.

C – Austin Romine: 102 AB, 92 OBS+, 0.3 WAR, 5.9 BB%, 19.6 SO%, .317 wOBA, .125 ISO, .338 BABIP, 99 wRC+

1B – Freddie Freeman: 231 AB, 158 OBS+, 2.1 WAR, 11.3 BB%, 20.30 SO%, .405 wOBA, .278 ISO, .341 BABIP, 160 wRC+

2B – Ozzie Albies: 234 AB, 105 OPS+, 1.4 WAR, 6.4 BB%, 9.4 SO%, .355 wOBA, .138 ISO, .314 wOBA, 111 wRC+.

OF – Ender Inciarte: 25 AB, 114 OPS+, 0.2 WAR, 16.1 BB%, 12.9 SO%, .346 wOBA, .120 ISO, .333 BABIP, 119 wRC+.

OF – Ronald Acuna: 228 AB, 104 OPS+, 1.8 WAR, 5.7 BB%, 22.8 SO%, .328 wOBA, .189 ISO, .329 BABIP, 107 wRC+.

OF – Nick Markakis: 191 AB, 117 OPS+, 1.0 WAR, 12.6 BB%, 17.8 SO%, .354 wOBA, .136 ISO, .347 BABIP, 125 wRC+.
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Braves Sweep Rockies in Grand Walk-Off Fashion

Just three games into the month of June, the Braves found themselves in a huge series that could preview a potential Playoff-Match up. The #2 Atlanta Braves took on the #14 Colorado Rockies at Sun Trust Park in Atlanta. The Braves, currently 35-20 on the season and 2nd in the NL East, faced the Colorado Rockies who are currently 32-26 and 2nd in the NL West.

In Games 1 and 2 of the series, the Braves came back late (7 inning or later) to win both games. In Game 3 of the series, bottom of the 9th, the following occured:

1) Dansby Swanson strikes out looking

2) Tyler Neslony walks

3) Austin Romine walks, Tyler Neslony moves to 2nd.

4) PH - Tyler Flowers strikes out looking

5) Ozzie Albies walks, Tyler Neslony moves to 3rd, Austin Romine to 2nd.

6) Nick Markakis walks, Tyler Neslony scores, Austin Romine to 3rd, Ozzie Albies to 2nd.

7) Freddie Freeman Grand-Slam


This ultimately led to a sweep of the Colorado Rockies. Next, the Braves head to New York to take on the Mets!
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Tyler Flowers placed on waivers, Designated for Assignment.

Bad news for Atlanta Native Tyler Flowers. The opening day starter at Catcher was designated for assignment after his offensive numbers sank way below average. With his contract due to end at the end of 2018, the team decided it is time to part ways with Flowers and search out other options behind the plate.

Tyler Flowers hit: 120 AB, .180 AVG, .220 OBP, 46 OPS+, 5 BB%, 35 SO%, .234 wOBA, .153 ISO, .239 BABIP, 42 wRC+, -0.3 WAR.

Austin Romine will immediately be promoted to starting Catcher for the time being.

22 Year Old Alex Jackson will be called up to serve as backup catcher for the Braves. In AAA ball, Jackson hit: 152 AB, 133 OPS+, 1.5 WAR, 11.6 BB%, 27.2 SO%, .369 wOBA, .243 ISO, .340 BABIP, 133 wRC+.
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End of June Update

End of June Update
The Atlanta Braves have reached #2 in the MLB power rankings, #1 in the National League, with a 50-30 (.625) record at the end of June. The Braves are currently leading the NL East with a 4 ½ game lead over the Washington Nationals. With the All-Star Break coming up in just a few short weeks, the Braves are looking like a legitimate World Series contender.

Top Notch Pitching

The Atlanta Braves are leading the way in more than just their Win/Loss record. Currently the Braves Pitching staff can lay claim to:

• #1 NL ERA – 3.48
• #1 NL Starting Rotation ERA – 3.54
• #3 NL Bullpen ERA – 3.36
• #1 Runs Allowed – 290
• #1 Hits Allowed – 290
• #1 Opponent Batting Average - .230
• #1 Opponent BABIP - .279
• #2 Home Runs Allowed – 73

As I wrote in the previous updates and spring training preview, the additions of Yu Darvish and Michael Pineda has made a huge improvement over Josh Collmenter and RA Dickey. Here are some metrics:

SP – Yu Darvish: 107.2 IP, .276 BABIP, 0.9 HR/9, 27 K%, 6 BB%, 59.3 GO%, 74 FIP-, 2.9 WAR

SP – Michael Pineda: 84.2 IP, .302 BABIP, 0.6 HR/9, 17.9 K%, 8.1 BB%, 54.5 GO%, 85 FIP-, 1.8 WAR

SP – Julio Teheran: 94.1 IP, .262 BABIP, 1.0 HR/9, 18.1 K%, 5.6 BB%, 56.7 GO%, 89 FIP-, 1.8 WAR

SP – Mike Foltynewicz: 92.1 IP, .275 BABIP, 1.2 HR/9, 20.7 K%, 8.4 BB%, 53.0 GO%, 100 FIP-, 1.2 WAR

CL – Boone Logan: 33.1 IP, .329 BABIP, 1.1 HR/9, 30.5 K%, 7.8 BB%, 50 GO%, 84 FIP-, 0.4 WAR

SU – Ian Krol: 36 IP, .270 BABIP, 0.5 HR/9, 22.9 K%, 3.6 BB%, 63.9 GO%, 62 FIP-, 0.8 WAR

Offense Under Performing
While the Braves pitching has been phenomenal over the first half of play, the offense has lost some of its pop in the last month or so. While the starting cast of Stars (Freeman, Albies, Inciarte, Markakis) continue to play great baseball, the rest of the team has been mediocre at best. However, I should point out that the Braves have played stellar defense all year long, ranking 1st in defensive efficiency (.713). With that being said, I know my young team of studs can play better than what they have.

1B - Freddie Freeman: 296 AB, 150 OPS+, 3.1 WAR, 11.6 BB%, 20.00 SO%, .396 wOBA, .274 ISO, .322 BABIP, 154 wRC+.

2B – Ozzie Albies: 327 AB, 107 OPS+, 2.4 WAR, 7.0 BB%, 7.90 SO%, .339 wOBA, .138 ISO, .311 BABIP, 115 wRC+

CF – Ronald Acuna: 356 AB, 104 OPS+, 2.4 WAR, 4.6 BB%, 22.50 SO%, .328 wOBA, .175 ISO, .340 BABIP, 107 wRC+

RF – Nick Markakis: 255 AB, 107 OPS+, 1.3 WAR, 12 BB%, 15.4 SO%, .341 wOBA, .086 ISO, .346 BABIP, 116 wRC+.

Struggling Bats:
SS – Dansby Swanson: 134 AB, 59 OPS+, 0.4 WAR, 13.5 BB%, 26.30 SO%, .248 wOBA, .119 ISO, .225 BABIP, 52 wRC+. *what worries me is his low BABIP. This could mean that he is not making sufficient contact with the ball. He has been struggling since the hamstring injury.

Trades????
What’s better than 1x Freddie Freeman? 2 Freddie Freemans!!!!! The Atlanta Braves pulled off a blockbuster trade with the Texas Rangers.

The Braves send youngster OF – Ronald Acuna to the Texas Rangers for 3B – Joey Gallo.

The trade is rather controversial as Acuna is projected to be a 4-star player at the peak of his career compared to the 3 ½ stars of Gallo. However, the offense has been struggling as of late and the Braves are looking for a spark to get the offense back up and running.

CF – Ronald Acuna: 356 AB, 104 OPS+, 2.4 WAR, 4.6 BB%, 22.50 SO%, .328 wOBA, .175 ISO, .340 BABIP, 107 wRC+

3B – Joey Gallo: 294 AB, 150 OPS+, 4.0 WAR, 10.2 BB%, 30.1 SO%, .400 wOBA, .367 ISO, .303 BABIP, 155 wRC+.

As you can see, Gallo’s bat has been much better than Acuna’s and is even comparable to that of 1B – Freddie Freeman. I normally do not track HR power or Total HRs. However, at the halfway point, Gallo has posted 30 compared to Acuna’s 12. This trade was much too hard for me to pass. Joey Gallo still has several years of team control through Arbitration and should be a big bat in our lineup. To sweeten the deal, the Braves pick up CF Prospect – Matt Lipke.

In addition to the ACUNA/GALLO trade, the Braves move 3B – Rio Ruiz as they no longer have a place for him on the team. They pick up CF Prospect Ka’ai Tom and RP – JC Ramirez.

The final movement of this period includes the movement of C – Tyler Flowers to Cleveland Indians for C – Roberto Perez. This was ultimately a payroll dumping movement as both players are due to be a free agent at the end of the 2018 season and both have similar statistics. However, Perez has more upside and could earn a spot on next year’s team if he performs well.

Position Changes


LF - Ender Inciarte to CF

LF - Adam Walker called up to MLB to play LF and share time with Matt Kemp.
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This thread is still active. I'm between houses and don't have internet so I haven't been posting.
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Hey Guys! Just keeping you updated -> Our move went great, the only problem is they Architects didn't put in the internet line and we have no WIFI. However, phone company gave us a pre-loaded 30gb wifi modem so I can start posting again. Look forward to starting this thread back up!
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I found J.D. Martinez as a free agent in year 2? Has anyone seen that before? I sign him through the 2022 season for about 5.2 M a year. What a steal!

Also, I decided that Matt Kemp wasn't going anywhere for us, so I released him. His contract will be up at the end of the season. I also dumped Jace Peterson and Danny Santana. I wasn't going to resign them anyway.
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End of September Report

Hey fellow OOTPers,
I am back in action as previous post suggested. However, I am still left without WIFI for about 15 more days. However, my phone data should be ready soon and I try to get to public WIFI when I can to take care of my computer needs.

A lot has happened with my life. I have been promoted to full time Offensive Coordinator of my football team, as my co-coordinator colleague retired for the season (or permanently) to travel the world. This means that American Football in Germany has been keeping me busy. I also moved into a new apartment recently and things are starting to finally settle down. The only problem is that the Architect forgot to put the internet cables into the ground under our house, so nobody has internet.

I tried not to advance the Dynasty to far. However, I did get to the playoffs. I normally do not do an End of July update because of the All-Star game. I decided to power through August as well because I do not have internet anyway. But now that I am in the Playoffs, I will make game-by-game posts. Also, if anyone wants Replays of the Games I can make them available! I will try to save my games like in year 1 but I usually have a bad memory.

ATLANTA MAKES THE PLAYOFFS
The Atlanta Braves have made their second consecutive playoff under my watch after winning the NL East. In 2017, the Atlanta Braves finish their season with a 96-66 record and a Wildcard matchup in the Playoffs against the Arizona Diamondbacks. This time, the Atlanta Braves finished off with the slightly worse record of 90-72 (.556), finishing first in the division, 1 game ahead of the Washington Nationals, and securing a
place in the NLDS.

Here are your National League Division Winners:
NL EAST – Atlanta Braves
NL CENTRAL – St. Louis Cardinals
NL WEST – LA Dodgers

Likewise, here are your American League Division Winners:
AL EAST – New York Yankees
AL CENTRAL – Chicago Cubs
AL WEST – Houston Astros (2017 Champions)

Here are your NLDS Matchups:
Wildcard Rounds:
NL: Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants
AL: Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox

NLDS:
LA Dodgers vs. Wildcard Winner
Atlanta Braves vs. St. Louis Cardinals

ALDS:
Houston Astros vs. Wildcard Winner
New York Yankees vs. Chicago White Sox

Big Time Injuries
In July, the Atlanta Braves lost the following Players on the 60 day DL:
1) SP – Yu Darvish
2) SP – Michael Pineda
3) RP – Jacob Lindgrom

This led to the ultimately late season collapse and tight playoff race in September. I believe without a question a doubt, had my top two starters stayed healthy, we would have won 100+ games. However, then we would not have seen the emergence of Mauricio Cabrera as a potential Starting Pitcher.

Matt Kemp is Gone
Time has officially run out on Matt Kemp. The struggling OF was released at the end of July before the trade deadline along with Jace Peterson and Danny Santana. This made room for the signing of OF – JD Martinez who was surprisingly found on the Unsigned Free Agents screen with relatively decent stats and low signing price. JD has made a much larger impact on the season (see further down). This also allowed Micha Johnson and Travis Demeritte to move up to the Major League squad.

Was it worth it?
Probably the most controversial move this season with the Acquisition of Power Phenom 3B - Joey Gallo and Prospect OF Matt Lipka for Ronald Acuna. At the time, Ronald Acuna was hitting quite poorly, and the team was lacking power. Joey Gallo is regarded as one of the premiere Power Hitting prospects in the game and was off to a great start.

OF – Ronald Acuna (TEX) – 653 AB, 109 OPS+, 25 HR, 7.1 BB%, 19.5 SO%, .338 wOBA, .181 ISO, .331 BABIP, 112 wRC+, 4.7 WAR

3B – Joey Gallo (ATL) – 682 AB, 116 OPS+, 52 HR, 10.6 BB%, 31.1 SO%, .347 wOBA, .300 ISO, .255 BABIP, 117 wRC+, 4.0 WAR.

Depending on the metrics you prefer, you might find a different answer as I. For example, Ronald Acuna is 20 years old and has much larger upside then Joey Gallo long term. However, Joey Gallo was swinging a hot bat and arguably the player who helped us the most in getting the offense moving and winning games. Both Players have good OPS+, wOBA, ISO, wRC+ and WAR. My one big negative point is Joey Gallo’s Strikeout %. All In all, we needed an 3rd Base Power Hitter and we got it. So, overall, I am happy with the move. I can enjoy Acuna as our No.1 prospect in real life!

The next “WAS IT WORTH IT” comparison was Matt Kemp vs. JD Martinez. I will admit, finding Martinez unsigned in July was a little bit confusing. But I took him anyway. I don’t know if it was a game glitch or whatever cause it didn’t say he was released and it didn’t say why he was unsigned. Earlier in the season he was controlled by Seattle. I signed him for 5 YR, $29 Million until the 2022 season when we must blow the whole thing up!

On the other side of the coin, Matt Kemp was a total bust on my file. I inherited him from the base roster at the start of my dynasty and have been trying to move him ever sense. Kemp’s contract was costing me roughly $18 Million per year and was set to move to Free Agency at the end of the year. I decided it was time to let him go and eat the $9 Million or so that was left + plus take on the $29 Million commitment on JD Martinez. This really hurt me financially at the Trade Deadline, and I was unable to go get a big-name talent to help the pitching rotation. However, now that Yu Darvish and Michael Pineda are back during the Playoffs, I think we will be ok!

OF – JD Martinez (ATL) – 549 AB, 114 OPS+, 29 HR, 8.9 BB%, 25.6 SO%, .344 wOBA, .228 ISO, .310 BABIP, 117 wRC+, 1.6 WAR.

OF – Matt Kemp (FA) – 252 AB, 66 OPS+, 10 HR, 4.4 BB%, 22.2 SO%, .270 wOBA, .181 ISO, .236 BABIP, 66 wRC+ -1.0 WAR

Really this is a no brainer, even though we will take a loss of $15 M dumping Kemp and Signing Martinez, we finally moved the biggest weak link in our armor and transformed our outfield back into an Elite group with Inciarte and Markakis sharing Center and Right Field Respectively. Totally Worth it! (I wish I had Yankees money ☹)

END OF REGULAR SEASON – TOP PERFORMERS

Pitching:
SP - Yu Darvish (Before 60 DAY DL) – 112.2 IP, .284 BABIP, 1.0 HR/9, 28.9 K%, 6.2 BB%, 58.9 GO%, 74 FIP-, 3.1 WAR

SP – Julio Teheran – 191.2 IP, .291 BABIP, 1.3 HR/9, 20.1 K%, 6.0 BB%, 55.6 GO%, 99 FIP-, 2.6 WAR

SP – Michael Pineda (Before 60 DAY DL) – 124.2 IP, .267 BABIP, 0.8 HR/9, 21.0 K%, 9.5 BB%, 55.2 GO%, 90 FIP-, 2.3 WAR

SU – Ian Krol – 79.2 IP, .285 BABIP, 0.8 HR/9, 29.0 K%, 4.7 BB%, 64.1 GO%, 65 FIP-, 1.7 WAR

Batters:
1B – Freddie Freeman – 613 AB, 143 OPS+, 5.8 WAR, 11.10 BB%, 20.70 K%, .389 wOBA, .238 ISO, .343 BABIP, 147 wRC+

3B – Joey Gallo – 682 AB, 116 OPS+, 5.1 WAR, 10.60 BB%, 31.10 SO%, .347 wOBA, .300 ISO, .255 BABIP, 117 wRC+

2B – Ozzie Albies – 734 AB, 106 OPS+, 5.0 WAR, 7.6 BB%, 7.10 SO%, .339 wOBA, .238 ISO, .343 BABIP, 113 wRC+

SS – Dansby Swanson (AFTER DL) – 484 AB, 91 OPS+, 2.7 WAR, 10.70 BB%, 19.6 SO%, .313 wOBA, .172 ISO, .290 BABIP, 95 wRC+

OWNERSHIP GOALS:

Reach the Playoffs: YES

Upgrade Position – 3B: NO (I think Joey Gallo is a huge improvement over Rio Ruiz). However, the AI says otherwise.

Improve Team Stats: Home Runs: NO – Eventhough we added JD MARTINEZ and JOEY GALLO. Most of their homers came with other teams.

Acquire a Top Players: YES – JD Martinez (with much luck)

Increase Attendance (35000 per/game): YES – 36399

Reach World Series: Currently In Progress???
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NLDS Game 1: Braves Win

NLDS Game 1 Recap: Braves Win!
The Atlanta Braves capture a 4-3 win at Home in Sun Trust Park to take a 1-0 series lead in the NLDS. The reason for success? Solid Pitching and Solid Hitting. Julio Teheran and Freddie Freeman brought their A game today as they both put up great numbers to open the Playoffs. However, all things did not go as planned. Ender Inciarte, the Atlanta Braves Starting Center Fielder, suffered a severe wrist injury and will miss 2-3 weeks. This means he will not be available until the World Series if the Braves were to advance so far in the Offseason.

Top Performers:
1B – Freddie Freeman – 3 AB, 2 R, 3 H, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 LOB, 1.000 AVG, 1 HR

OF – Ender Inciarte – 3 AB, 1 R, 2 H, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 LOB, .667 AVG, 0 HR

SP – Julio Teheran – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 94 PI, 58 PS, 3.00 ERA
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NLDS Game 2: Great Team Effort leads to Braves Shutout of the Cards!
A solid team performance led to a shutout victory of the Atlanta Braves over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 2 of the NLDS. Dansby Swanson, Joey Gallo, and JD Martinez lead the way on what turned out to be a big day for the Braves. While a great pitching performance by Mauricio Cabrera helped solidify the victory. The Braves now lead the series 2-0 as they travel to Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Top Performances:
3B – Joey Gallo – 1 AB, 1 R, 0 H, 0 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 LOB, .000 AVG

SS – Dansby Swanson – 4 AB, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 LOB, .286 AVG

OF – JD Martinez – 4 AB, 1 R, 1 H, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K, 5 LOB, .286 AVG

SP – Mauricio Cabrera – 6.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 92 PI, 53 PS, 0.00 ERA
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NLDS Game 3: Braves Win Series Divisional Series!

NLDS Game 3: Braves Win Series Divisional Series!
The Atlanta Braves cap off the series 3-0 in blowout fashion at the end of tonight’s game as they steamroll the Cards. Their playoff win streak extends to 3 games as they sweep the St. Louis Cardinals. Freddie Freeman, JD Martinez, and Micha Johnson all helped contribute to an outstanding offensive day in which even Starting Pitchers - Michael Pineda got in on the action. After the game, Freddie Freeman was interviewed on how he felt to win the NLDS for the second consecutive year. He responded: “We’re a bit surprised it’s over in a sweep, to be honest with you.” Freeman was named the NLDS Most Valuable Player. The Braves will move to the NLCS a take on the winner of the LA Dodgers vs Washington Nationals matchup.

Top Performers
1B – Freddie Freeman – 5 AB, 2 R, 2 H, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K, .455 AVG, 1 HR

OF – JD Martinez – 5 AB, 0 R, 2 H, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K, .333 AVG, 0 HR

OF – Micah Johnson – 3 AB, 1 R, 2 H, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K, .286 AVG, 0 HR

SP – Michael Pineda – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 95 PI, 62 PS, 2.57 ERA --- 2 AB, 0 R, 1 H, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K, .500 AVG.
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NLCS Game 1: Freddie is Fantastic!

NLCS Game 1: Freddie is Fantastic!
Freddie Freeman has done it again. It would seem to the casual viewer that the Atlanta Braves’s Freddie Freeman is a one man Army after he notches yet another Multi-Run Homer in tonight’s series opener against their new upcoming rival, The Washington Nationals. This marks Freddie Freeman’s 3rd Post Season Homer so far this season and it doesn’t seem like it will stop anytime soon. This surge of power is not a surprise. After all, Freeman hit 36 Dingers during the regular season. His bat has had a huge influence on the team and continues to power them forward on their quest to win a World Series Championship. Joey Gallo has been relatively silent this off season so far. However, his impact has been felt. Out of fear of the 3rd Basemen’s tremendous power, Gallo has been walked 7 times in the last 4 games. The Braves are now 1-0 in the NLDS Matchup against the Nationals and play their next series game at home.

Top Performers

1B – Freddie Freeman – 1 AB, 2 R, 1 H, 3 RBI, 3BB, 0 K, 1 HR
2B – Ozzie Albies – 3 AB, 2 R, 1 H, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
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NLCS GAME 2: Gallo has Arrived!

NLCS GAME 2: Gallo has Arrived!
Freddie Freeman hit his 4th Home Run of the 2018 Playoff season. However, this achievement was seemingly overshadowed as 3rd Basement Joey Gallo, who has had a relatively quiet offseason, hit his first Playoff Home Run! JD Martinez also almost joined in on the action. However, a gust of wind robbed Martinez of his first playoff HR by a matter of inches. Mauricio Cabrera has joined in on the action as well, scoring on the course of a Double, a Wild Pitch, and an RBI Single by Ozzie Albies. The Offense seems to be clicking thus far and the fans hope they can continue to stay hot. The Atlanta Braves are now having a 2-0 Lead in the NLCS over the Washington Nationals.

Top Performers:
1B – Freddie Freeman – 2 R, 1 H, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K, .467 AVG, 1 HR

3B – Joey Gallo – 4 AB, 1 R, 1 H, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K, .231 AVG, 1 HR

2B – Ozzie Albies – 4 AB, 0 R, 2 H, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K, .200 AVG, 0 HR

SP – Mauricio Cabrera – 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6K, 90 PI, 61 PS, 1.46 ERA
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NLCS Game 3: Freddie’s HR and another Braves Playoff Win!

NLCS Game 3: Freddie’s HR and another Braves Playoff Win!
Freddie Freeman has been red hot this offseason and has not failed to deliver on the action. In tonight’s game, Freddie hit his 5th Playoff Homer in the 2018 Playoffs and has hit 3 consecutive Home Runs in his last 3 games. Micah Johnson also contributed to this important win by hitting a go ahead 2 RBI Double in the top of the 8th. After the game, Johnson told the reporters: “We put it together today and came out with the win," Johnson said in postgame remarks. "That's the main thing.” Yu Darvish made his first Playoff Start after coming off the 60 Day DL. He pitched a solid 7 Innings of 4 hit ball while notching the win. The Atlanta Braves hold a 3-0 Series lead and need just one more win to secure a place in the World Series.

Top Performers:
1B – Freddie Freeman – 5 AB, 1 R, 3 H, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

3B – Joey Gallo – 4 AB, 1 R, 1 H, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

OF – Micah Johnson – 4 AB, 0 R, 1 H, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

SP – Yu Darvish – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 104 PI, 66 PS
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