Damn the 2006 Braves pitching sucked!

Stout pitching made the Braves’ incredible run of division pennants possible. Bad pitching ended the run.

And by bad I mean wretched. Only the ’87 and ’77 Bravos had worse ERA’s. The ’06 Braves had two pitchers — Kyle Davies and Chris Reitsma — with substantial roles who finished with ERA’s over 8.

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.

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1 Comment on Damn the 2006 Braves pitching sucked!

  1. rankin' rob // February 1, 2012 at 1:45 pm //

    I remember comparing Tyler Yates, who drowned Braves wins in a bathtub metaphorically, with Andrea Yates, who drowned her children in the bathtub literally. That’s how bad I hated that staff.

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