Braves numbers at the midway point of 2015

Cameron Maybin continues to put up career numbers for the Braves. What are the players on pace for at the halfway point?

The Braves are at the halfway point in the 2015 season. It’s certainly been an interesting one, with tons of moves, ups and downs. They are 40-41 on the season, making them on pace for an 80-82 record.

That’s a game better than last year’s 79-83 record. The Braves have scored 322 runs, putting them on pace for 644 runs. They scored 573 last year, second-worst mark in the game.

Let’s look at what the players are on pace for this season.

Catcher A.J. Pierzynski has played in 54 games. Can he play in 108 games at the age of 38? So far, he’s hit .258 with a .296 on base percentage. He’s on pace for 10 home runs and 54 runs batted in.

First baseman Freddie Freeman is obviously out for a while with his wrist injury. He’s missed 15 games in the first half of the season. Freeman is on pace for 24 home runs, 40 doubles and 82 RBI.

Second baseman Jace Peterson has been one of the bright spots this season. He’s hitting .255 with a .334 on base percentage. Peterson is on pace for six home runs, 70 RBI and 16 stolen bases.

Shortstop Andrelton Simmons is hitting .263 this season with a .318 on base percentage. He’s also on pace for six home runs and 58 RBI.

Third base has obviously been a position shared by several. Juan Uribe has been hot this week. In his 33 games with Atlanta, Uribe has hit .304 with a .366 OBP, six home runs and 13 RBI. Chris Johnson missed a month and is hitting .227 with a .269 OBP. Johnson has only one home run and seven RBI.

Kelly Johnson has also seen time at third base and in left field. He’s hitting .265 with a .301 OBP. Johnson is on pace for 12 home runs and 50 RBI, which would far exceed what many expected Johnson to produce this season.

The best story at the halfway point is Cameron Maybin, who was not even on the roster until Opening Day after the late spring trade with San Diego. Maybin is hitting .295 with a .364 on base percentage. Maybin is a career .252 hitter and his best season before this year was when he hit .264 in 2011. His OBP is much higher than his career .315 mark, and his highest OBP before was when he had a .323 OBP in 2011.

But it’s also telling as to what Maybin is doing with his production. His previous high in home runs was nine, also in his impressive 2011 season with San Diego. The next season Maybin had his career high of 45 RBI. This season Maybin is on pace for 14 home runs and 78 RBI, along with 30 stolen bases.

Nick Markakis is still without a home run, but he’s hitting .299 and has a .388 OBP. Markakis is on pace for 34 doubles and 50 RBI. The Braves will have to hope a healthy offseason will allow Markakis to regain his strength and he can hit more home runs next season.

On the pitching staff it’s worth noting how Jason Grilli is on pace for 44 saves. It remains to be seen if Grilli will be trade bait if the Braves fall behind in the pennant races before late July. Jim Johnson has rebuilt his value. He’s on pace for 10 saves as Grilli’s backup. Johnson and lefty reliever Luis Avilan are both on pace for 82 games.

Julio Teheran and Alex Wood are both on pace for 12 wins. If he had better run support the last month, Shelby Miller would likely be on pace for 20 wins, but he’s stuck on five wins right now.

The Braves have some interesting numbers at the halfway point. It’ll be interesting to see which players will still be on the roster after July 31.

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