10/03/2004 7:00 PM ET
Braves facts and figures
Atlanta brings second-best record in NL into playoffs
By Jon A. Dolezar / MLB.com
The Braves closed out the 2004 regular season with a 10-8 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field, but no matter. Atlanta had wrapped up its 13th consecutive division title nine days before and was just waiting to see who it would face in the postseason. The Braves finished with the second-best record in the National League behind the Cardinals, and the third-best overall in the Majors.
Final MLB standings
Record vs. Astros
The Atlanta Braves split their six meetings with the Houston Astros this year. The Braves dropped two of three at home to the Astros in early May, but evened the season series by taking two or three at Minute Maid Park in early August.
Record vs. playoff teams
The Braves went 11-11 against teams in this year's postseason field. They had a losing record (2-4) against St. Louis, a winning record (4-3) against Los Angeles, and split the season series (3-3) with Houston. Against AL playoff teams, they went 2-1 against Boston.
Record vs. winning teams
The Braves had the most success against Florida (14-5). They went 2-4 against the Cardinals and 1-2 against the White Sox, but played .500 or better against the other seven opponents they faced with winning records.
The Braves were fourth in the National League in hitting (.270), tied for fifth in runs (803), fifth in on-base percentage (.343) and seventh in slugging percentage (.434). The Braves finished ninth in homers (178) and had six players with double-digits in that category.
MLB hitting stats
J.D. Drew led the team with 31 homers, hitting .305 with 93 RBIs. Chipper Jones hit 30 home runs with 96 RBIs. Andruw Jones had 29 homers with 91 RBIs.
Braves hitting stats
The Braves finished first in the Majors with a 3.74 ERA.
MLB pitching stats
Russ Ortiz and Jaret Wright tied for the team lead in wins (15). Ortiz led the team in innings pitched (204 2/3). Maddux became the first pitcher in Major League history to win at least 15 games in 16 consecutive seasons, topping the old mark he shared with Cy Young.
Braves pitching stats
The Braves were 12th in the NL in fielding percentage (.981) and tied for the second-most double plays (171).
MLB fielding stats
Rafael Furcal finished second in the NL with double plays (101) and was seventh in the NL with 411 assists.
Braves fielding stats
Antonio Alfonseca (7 G, 9.2 IP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Paul Byrd (0 G)
Juan Cruz (1 G, 1 IP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Kevin Gryboski (8 G, 6.2 IP, 0-0, 1.35 ERA)
Mike Hampton (9 G, 57.2 IP, 2-4, 3.90 ERA)
Tom Martin (2 G, 0.2 IP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Russ Ortiz (8 G, 41 IP, 3-1, 5.05 ERA)
Chris Reitsma (0 G)
John Smoltz (37 G, 195 IP, 13-4, 2.77 ERA)
John Thomson (0 G)
Jaret Wright (13 G, 43.2 IP, 3-3, 6.18 ERA)
Wilson Betemit (0 G)
J.D. Drew (19 G, .264, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs)
Johnny Estrada (0 G)
Julio Franco (21 G, .247, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs)
Rafael Furcal (13 G, .204, 2 RBI)
Marcus Giles (16 G, .271, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs)
Nick Green (0 G)
Andruw Jones (66 G, .233, 7 HR, 23 RBI)
Chipper Jones (82 G, .301, 12 HRs, 45 RBIs)
Adam LaRoche (0 G)
Eli Marrero (13 G, .091, HR, 3 RBIs)
Eddie Perez (27 G, .313, 3 HRs, 12 RBIs)
Charles Thomas (0 G)
Dewayne Wise (0 G)
2004 Stats vs. Astros
Chipper Jones was the most consistent hitter against the Astros during the regular season. In three games, Jones hit .455 (5-for-11) with three RBIs. Adam LaRoche hit .353 (6-for-17) with one homer run and four RBIs.
Russ Ortiz posted a 2.63 ERA in two starts against the Astros, but he went 0-1 despite striking out 13 in 13 2/3 innings. John Thomson was the only starter to record a victory against Houston this season, as Antonio Alfonseca and Juan Cruz picked up the other two wins for Atlanta.
Career vs. Game 1 starter Roger Clemens
Andruw Jones: .333 (4-for-12), 1 RBI, 6 Ks
Marcus Giles: .333 (1-for-3), 2 Ks
Johnny Estrada: .333 (1-for-3)
Chipper Jones: .300 (3-for-10), HR, 2 RBIs, 3 Ks
Julio Franco: .258 (19-for-88), 6 RBIs, 11 Ks
Rafael Furcal: .200 (1-for-5)
Dewayne Wise: .000 (0-for-5)
Eli Marrero: .000 (0-for-3)
Charles Thomas: .000 (0-for-3)
Adam LaRoche: .000 (0-for-3), 2 Ks
Eddie Perez: .000 (0-for-2), K
J.D. Drew: .000 (0-for-2), 2 Ks
Russ Ortiz: .000 (0-for-1)
John Thomson: .000 (0-for-1)
Jon A. Dolezar is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.