Atlanta Braves first half report card

The first half of the season has ended and the Braves sit atop baseball in winning percentage. The baseball has been exemplary and exciting to watch, so let’s give out some grades for each part of the team.

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Bullpen: A

If one thing has been clear in the Alex Anthopoulos era it’s that he cares about building a deep bullpen. He leaves no stone unturned and isn’t afraid to pour in money and prospects for good bullpen arms.

This season is much like previous years where AA is reaping the benefits of his investment in a sound bullpen. It features each type of arm you could desire: guys who locate, guys with devastating secondary stuff, guys with velocity, guys who can go multiple innings, and most importantly weapons you can trust late in the game. The Braves lean on it for good reason and when you look at the numbers it’s easy to see why.

  • 3.9 fWAR (2nd in MLB)
  • 3.56 FIP (1st in MLB)
  • 3.43 ERA (3rd in MLB)
  • 2.92 BB/9 (2nd in MLB)
  • 1.18 WHIP (2nd in MLB)
  • 3.52 SIERA (3rd in MLB)

Just a great collection of rankings for the Braves bullpen. That has to take into account of the numerous injury stints for almost everyone in the bullpen. Granted not many have been extremely long stints, but it’s still a testament to not only the depth at the major league level, but the depth at Triple-A Gwinnett as well.