Gwinnett Braves eliminated

The Gwinnett Braves had a lot of turnover, but they played hard for manager Brian Snitker.

The Gwinnett Braves were eliminated Sunday from any postseason action. Norfolk won to lock down the International South Division. Gwinnett will finish out the 2015 season Monday afternoon when they host the Charlotte Knights at Coolray Field.

Somehow, someway the Braves stayed in the playoff race until the very end of the season. The Braves are 76-67 on the season, nine games over the .500 mark. How they’ve done that with the roster turnover is really amazing.

The G-Braves have used 27 position players and 41 different pitchers. By comparison, the Atlanta Braves, who are 29 games under .500 after Sunday’s loss, have used 58 players this season, 35 pitchers.

The Braves had 14 pitchers that made six or more starts. The rotation at the beginning of the season was Mike Foltynewicz, Manny Banuelos, Matt Wisler, Williams Perez and Chien Ming-Wang. The first four starters have made 49 starts in Atlanta, while Wang was out after 10 starts.

Only nine members of the 25 members on the opening day roster are still with the Gwinnett Braves, so there has been massive turnover. But for the team to play this well and still have a record over .500 is a testament to manager Brian Snitker, pitching coach Marty Reed and coaches John Moses and Billy Nicholson.

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