The last 0-3 start

In 2003 the Braves were swept at home in their opening series vs. the Expos, who outscored the local nine 17-2. They won their fourth game, 12-7, then lost 17-1 to the Fish (with Mad Dog on the mound). The Bravos lost the Hall of Famer-to-be’s next start, 16-2. Three days later Florida beat the Braves 12-5, dropping the home team’s record to 4-8.

They finished the month 17-10 en route to 101 wins.

I’m not comparing the two teams — the ’12 Braves have more talented arms, the ’03 Bravos stouter bats and, of course, a better manager. But it’s too early to freak out.



  1. Office, ring the bell for one of The Cat’s toughest foes, Chief Jay Strongbow, who lived in Georgia.

  2. And I’m guessing the last 0-4 start didn’t follow an 0-5 end to the previous season.

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