The Braves have been tremendously bad since the All-Star Break. They are 15-42, which is a .263 winning percentage.
Let’s look at how the players have done since the break to get some perspective on why the slide has happened.
As a team, the Braves have hit .244 in the second part of the season. They hit .256 as a team before the break. A.J. Pierzynski leads the team with a .318 batting average in the second part of the season, while Nick Markakis comes in second with a .306 batting average. Andrelton Simmons is third at .278.
Freddie Freeman has obviously missed some time, but his average is .234 since the break. Cameron Maybin, who had a .289 batting average at the break, has hit just .227 since.
Michael Bourn has struggled mightily since being acquired from Cleveland. He’s hit just .176 with six RBI and four stolen bases. Nick Swisher has hit .233 with three home runs and 15 RBI, along with a .372 on base percentage.
The Braves pitching staff has struggled after the All-Star Break, with an ERA of 5.45. Before the break, the ERA was 4.04. Julio Teheran has been better in the second half, with a 4.02 ERA compared to his 4.56 mark in the first half. Shelby Miller’s 2.38 ERA before the Break was one of the best numbers in the game, but he’s been an ordinary 3.98 ERA since.
Everyone has talked about the bullpen issues, but the rotation has struggled as well in the second part of the season. Williams Perez has a 7.90 ERA, while Matt Wisler’s ERA is 7.01. Mike Foltynewicz has made six starts since the Break and his ERA is 6.47.
The bullpen ERAs for the second half – Jake Brigham (12.86 in seven games), Ross Detwiler (7.63 in 24 games), Ryan Kelly (7.36 in 15 games), David Aardsma (since released but an ERA of 6.00 in 19 games), Andrew McKirahan (5.85 in 21 games) and Matt Marksberry (5.31 ERA in 23 games).
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Braves numbers in the second part of the year
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