The Braves captured their record 14th consecutive division title, finishing with a 90-72 record. Excluding the 1995 strike-shortened season, the only time the Braves finished with less wins since 1991 was in 2001, when they captured the National League East with 88 victories.
Final MLB Standings
Record vs. Astros
The Braves won five of their six games against the Astros this year. Most of the damage was done during a four-game series sweep at Turner Field on May 5-8. Since then, the two teams haven't met and the Astros have turned around their season. When the Astros limped out of Atlanta, they were just 11-19. Since May 24, Houston has vaulted out of last place and into the postseason with a 74-43 record.
Record vs. playoff teams
The Braves went 11-13 against playoff teams this year. While they won five of six against the Astros, they dropped five of six against the Padres and split their six-game season series against the Cardinals. In Interleague Play, the Braves dropped two of three to both the Red Sox and Angels.
Record vs. winning teams
The Braves went 57-47 against teams with a winning record. Most of their success came with their 26-12 record against NL East opponents. Atlanta went just 4-8 against American League opponents with winning records.
The Braves ranked nearly in the middle of the pack offensively among National League teams. With the help of Andruw Jones, Atlanta produced the third-best slugging percentage and fourth-highest home run total. They also grounded into the second-most double plays.
MLB hitting stats
Jones produced MVP credentials by leading the Majors in homers and the National League in RBIs. Adam LaRoche produced a career high in homers, and Rafael Furcal proved to be one of the most consistent players in baseball during the season's final three months.
Braves hitting stats
Always known for a strong pitching staff, the Braves were hurt statistically by a suspect bullpen, which was unable to convert on 24 save opportunities. As a whole, the Atlanta pitching staff collected the NL's fewest strikeouts. Their starting staff posted the NL's third-best ERA.
MLB pitching stats
John Smoltz and Tim Hudson led the team with 14 wins.
Trailing them was Jorge Sosa, whose 13 wins were two more than the career total he had entering the season. Chris Reitsma provided some stability during the season's middle months. But it wasn't until late August that Kyle Farnsworth provided the dominant closer the Braves desired.
Braves pitching stats
The Braves had the National League's best fielding percentage, just ahead of the Astros.
MLB fielding stats
Andruw Jones once again provided a Gold Glove-caliber season. When he was joined by Jeff Francoeur and Ryan Langerhans, the Atlanta outfield was one of the strongest defensively in the Majors. Furcal enjoyed his finest defensive season since making his Major League debut in 2000.
Braves fielding stats
Wilson Betemit (1 G, .000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
Jim Brower (2 G, 3 IP, 0-0, 6.00 ERA)
Johnny Estrada (5 G, .353, 2 HR, 4 RBI)
Kyle Farnsworth (8 G, 8 IP, 0-0, 6.75 ERA)
Julio Franco (24 G, .235, 2 HR, 5 RBI)
Rafael Furcal (18 G, .253, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 6 SB)
Marcus Giles (21 G, .222, 2 HR, 6 RBI)
Todd Hollandsworth (14 G, .364, 0 HR, 3 RBI)
Tim Hudson (7 G, 34 IP, 1-2, 3.44 ERA)
Andruw Jones (71 G, .258, 9 HR, 28 RBI)
Chipper Jones (87 G, .294, 12 HR, 45 RBI)
Brian Jordan (35 G, .252, 6 HR, 27 RBI)
Adam LaRoche (5 G, .235, 1 HR, 4 RBI)
Eddie Perez (30 G, .299, 3 HR, 12 RBI)
Chris Reitsma (3 G, 3 IP, 0-0, 18.00 ERA)
John Smoltz (39 G, 200 IP, 14-4, 4 SV, 2.70 ERA)
John Thomson (1 G, 0.1 IP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
2005 Stats vs. Astros
Giles batted .458 (11-for-24) with five doubles in six games against the Astros this year. Langerhans, a native Texan, batted .417 (5-for-12) with three homers in five games against Houston. On April 18, in a 1-0, 12-inning victory over the Astros, Langerhans hit his first career homer. His first career multihomer also came against them in a 16-0 win on May 8.
John Thomson, Mike Hampton and Hudson all provided nine-inning efforts against the Astros this season. Thomson was the only Braves pitcher to make two starts against the Astros. He was charged with seven of the 13 runs Houston scored in six games against Atlanta pitchers.
Career vs. Game 1 starter Andy Pettitte
Julio Franco: .471 (8-for-17), 1 HR, 1 RBI
Todd Hollandsworth: .400 (2-for-5) 0 HR, 0 RBI
Chipper Jones: .375 (6-for-16), 0 HR, 3 RBIs
Andruw Jones: .278 (5-for-18), 0 HR, 2 RBIs
Johnny Estrada: .161 (1-for-6) 0 HR, 1 RBI
Brian Jordan: .091 (1-for-11) 0 HR, 0 RBI
Rafael Furcal: .000 (0-for-6) 0HR, 0 RBI
Marcus Giles: .000 (0-for-3) 0 HR, 0 RBI
Wilson Betemit .000 (0-for-2) 0 HR, 0 RBI
Compiled by Mark Bowman