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Braves’ 2019 season by the numbers — oh, and how good they were

Atlanta’s season ended a week ago, and not in a fashion that reflects the awesomeness of the achievements made by the team in 2019.

Here’s a look at how the Braves’ roster performed:

PERSONNEL

» Atlanta used 50 players this season, that's eight fewer than last year 
» Second baseman Ozzie Albies led position players with 160 games played 
» The Braves bullpen used 26 pitchers in a relief role, four fewer than last season 
» From Aug. 3 through Sept. 24, Atlanta used the same five starters — Mike Foltynewicz, Max Fried, Dallas Keuchel, Mike Soroka and Julio Teheran — over a 47-game span  

Braves manager Brian Snitker argues with umpire Mark Wegner after being ejected in the first inning. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Photo: John Amis/AP

» Brian Snitker after his third full season as manager holds a 318-292 (.521) record at the major league level 
» Braves used 11 rookies this season, including pitchers Bryse Wilson and Kyle Wright, who started the second and third games of the season 
» Braves finished the season as the third-oldest team in baseball by average age (29) 
» In 81 home dates, SunTrust Park recorded its best season with 2,655,100 fans, for a per-game average of 32,779 

WINS AND LOSSES

» Braves clinched the 19th division title in franchise history — tying the New York Yankees for the most  in major league history
» The Braves set a franchise modern-era record with 13 consecutive home wins from Aug. 17-Sept. 7 
» Atlanta’s 97 victories were the team’s most since 2003 (101 wins) and the fifth most in baseball this season 
» The Braves were the only NL team to not have a losing streak longer than four games 

Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz throws a pitch during the third inning against the Miami Marlins Aug. 11, 2019, at Marlins Park in Miami.
Photo: Eric Espada/Getty Images

» The Braves won 12 straight starts by Mike Foltynewicz from June 11 to Sept. 20 
» Atlanta played a major league-low 39 day games (23-16)
» Atlanta’s 12 series losses were tied for the second fewest in baseball
» The Braves rallied for 32 wins in 2019, including four when they trailed entering the ninth inning
» Atlanta went 50-31 at SunTrust Park, winning 50 home games in a season for the first time since 2013 
» The Braves had best road record in the NL (47-34) for the second straight year 

BATTING FIGURES

» The Braves scored 855 runs this season, the second most franchise history since 1900 
» Atlanta hit a franchise single-season record 249 home runs, including a club record 131 at home 
» The Braves' top four hitters in their lineup — Acuna, Albies, Freddie Freeman and Josh Donaldson — alone hit 149 home runs and scored 477 runs 
» Outfielder Ronald Acuna hit a team-most 41 home runs 
» Atlanta had a franchise record 16 sets of back-to-back home runs 
» Acuna, 21,  became the second player in history to have at least 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a season prior to his 22nd birthday 

First-inning fireworks: Josh Donaldson of the Braves is restrained after being hit by a pitch as he charges Joe Musgrove of the Pirates during the first inning of Monday's game at SunTrust Park. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

» Twenty-nine of Donaldson’s 37 home runs came after June 10, when he was ejected after being hit by a pitch from Pittsburgh’s Joe Musgrove 
» Freeman became the 13th player in Braves franchise history to drive in at least 120 runs in a season 
» Austin Riley hit 18 home runs, surpassing Ryan Klesko (16 in 1994) for the most by a Braves rookie 
» Dansby Swanson drove in 20 runs in April, the most in Braves franchise history by a shortstop

PITCHING STATS

» Atlanta used 11 starting pitchers — two fewer than last season — who went 60-46 (.566) with a 4.20 ERA 
» Teheran made a team-high 33 starts 
» Atlanta had 62 starts this season in which its starter allowed one earned run or fewer 
» 11 pitchers recorded a save for Atlanta this season, going 44-for-66 in save opportunities
» Reliever Luke Jackson led all relievers with 70 appearances  

Braves pitcher Mark Melancon gets five from catcher Brian McCann as they close out the New York Mets during the ninth inning for a 5-3 victory. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
Photo: ccompton@ajc.com/Curtis Compton

» Atlanta acquired relievers Chris Martin, Shane Greene and Mark Melancon at the trade deadline. The three combined to go 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA. They converted all 11 save chances and collected 14 holds. 
» Braves pitchers went 49 games without allowing a home run and went 42-7 (.857) in those games. 
» Rookie Soroka — an All-Star — made 29 starts, going 13-4 with 142 strikeouts and a .236 opponents' average. His 2.68 ERA was the lowest by a rookie in the majors. 

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