Some interesting numbers heading into the final games
With two regular season games remaining the only number that truly matters for the Braves is two – their magic number for clinching home-field advantage during the National League playoffs. Any combination of Atlanta wins or St. Louis losses that equal two will do the trick.
Now that I have used the word two far too many times in one graph to explain what the Braves can gain during the final two games against the Phillies, here are some other interesting numbers.
.696 – Atlanta’s Major League-best home winning percentage. With wins in their final two games, the Braves will set a new franchise record with a .703 home winning percentage. One win will match the record (.691) which is currently shared by the 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2010 clubs.
50 – Last night, Craig Kimbrel joined John Smoltz as the only Braves pitchers to record at least 50 saves in a season. This mark has been reached just 12 previous times, by 10 different closers.
1.23 – Kimbrel’s ERA, which ranks as the second-lowest mark ever recorded by closer during a 50-save season. Eric Gagne posted a 1.20 ERA when he notched 55 saves for the Dodgers in 2003.
.165 – Kimbrel’s opponent’s batting average, currently matches Trevor Hoffman for the lowest best mark recorded during a 50-save season. Gagne surrendered a .133 batting average in 2003.
.397 – Chris Johnson’s Batting Average Balls in Play. With a couple of productive days, Johnson could become the fifth player in Major Leaguer since 1955 to record a BABIP of .400 or better. It is almost certain that he will better Kenny Lofton’s franchise-best .390 BABIP.
42 – Andrelton Simmons’s Defensive Runs Saved, a relatively new defensive metric that dates back to 2003. The previous best total assigned to a shortstop was 34 (Adam Everett in 2006)
2.44 – The Braves bullpen ERA stands as the best mark recorded since the 1990 A’s posted a 2.35 in 1990. Despite some late-season struggles, Atlanta’s relief corps is still positioned to top the franchise record 2.60 ERA compiled by the 2003 pen.
1,371 – For the third consecutive season, the Braves offense has set a franchise record for strikeouts. Their totals the previous two years were 1,289 and 1,260.
520 and 1,370 – The Braves became just the fifth team in Major League history to draw at least 520 walks and strike out more than 1,370 times in a season. Providing further proof that the game has changed, each of these five teams have done this since 2008 and three of the instances (Braves and Twins this year and the A’s last year) have occurred during the past two seasons.