All the talk about the Atlanta Braves historic regular-season offense doesn’t mean anything in the postseason. This didn’t look like the same offense. For the second consecutive season, the Phillies finished behind Atlanta in the NL East standings and for the second consecutive season, they knock Atlanta out in the NLDS.
Credit to the Phillies pitching, but today I’m bringing you the stats behind the power outage in the postseason.
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Braves Offensive Offensive Numbers in NLDS
This group tied the single-season team home run record, set the highest mark for team slugging percentage, and tied the 1927 Yankess in wRC+ in 2023. Yet, during the postseason they couldn’t figure out a way to get a run across the plate.
This was arguably the worst four-game stretch of the season for Atlanta, and it had to be in the postseason. During the regular season the fewest amount of runs they scored over four-straight games was nine. They tallied eight in the NLDS.
Braves Stop Hitting Homers in NLDS
After clobbering 307 homers in the regular season, or 1.89 per game, they hit just three in the NLDS over four games. Two came from Austin Riley.
Braves NLDS Batting Average and OBP
In total, Atlanta batted just .186 over 129 at-bats against Phillies pitching in the NLDS. After leading the league in on-base percentage in 2023 with a .344 mark, they moped through the NLDS with a .255 on-base percentage
Braves SLG and OPS in NLDS
Atlanta not only led the league in slugging percentage but they set a Major League record with a .501 SLG. Their team OPS .845 in the season, also tops in the league. In the NLDS, Atlanta slugged .264 with a .519 OPS.
Braves Individual Players Performances in NLDS
Ronald Acuna Jr. went just 2-14 (.143 average). Ozzie Albies was 4-15 with no extra-base hits. Orlando Arcia‘s quotes brought the beast out of Bryce Harper. Meanwhile, he hist just .154 in the NLDS. Travis d’Arnaud hat the big homer to get things going in Game 2 but that was his only hit in seven at-bats.
Matt Olson set franchise records for homers and RBI this season but in the NLDS he had a .544 OPS with no extra-base hits. Marcell Ozuna hit .154. Austin Riley is the only player with good numbers, slashing .353/.353/.706 with two homers.
It was an unimaginable way for this magical season to end. Hopefully, they gained valuable experience they can carry into the offseason and help motivate them for next year.