Stout pitching made the Braves’ incredible run of division pennants possible. Bad pitching ended the run.
Starters and relievers — both awful. Smoltzie was effective, but that was about it. Huddy was Lowe-like in ’06, with a 4.86 ERA and 1.438 WHIP. John Thomson and Horacio were middling at best. In the ‘pen, everyone from Ken Ray to Jorge Sosa auditioned for the closer’s role and failed.
These were the Braves of Wayne Franklin, Chad Paronto, Tyler Yates and Kevin Barry.
It’s a shame, ’cause the ’06 Bravos raked at the plate. B-Mac hit .333 with a .571 slugging percentage — three other Braves, Chipper, LaRoche and Andruw, topped .500 that year. The team was first in homers in the NL, second in RBI and third in hits.