The 2007 season was marked by the acquisition of Borasbot (and the depletion of the farm system). The trade was supposed to put the Braves over the top but they were doomed by a porous rotation beyond Huddy and Smoltz.
Fellow 20 worsters Kyle Davies, Jo-Jo Reyes and Mark Redman received a significant number of starts. Buddy Carlyle started 20 games. Chuck James, 30.
Lance Cormier, who walked 39 and allowed 90 hits in 2006, re-entered the rotation in June and was consistently awful. He had a 6.85 ERA in 9 starts, walking 4.3 and allowing 11 hits per 9 IP — and these were starts made during a pennant race that wasn’t.
Cormier as a Brave: 6-11-5.73, 119.1 IP, 146 H, 61BB, 24 HR, 1.735 WHIP.
Craig Wilson (remember him?) started at 1B. Chris Woodward hit lead-off and played second base. Tyler Yates and Oscar Villarreal had cameos. And on the mound to start the 2007 home opener? Veteran southpaw Mark Redman, whose stay in Atlanta was blessedly brief.
His first start as a Brave, on a freezing night at the Ted, reminded us why he was on his 7th team in 9 years. Redman allowed 9 hits and 5 runs in 5-2/3 IP en route to an 11-1 loss. And it was far from his worst start.
A week later Redman gave up 6 hits and 7 earned in 2-2/3 IP vs. the Fish. He didn’t make it past the third 10 days later against the Marlins. In his next start the Phils chased him after 1-2/3 in which Redman walked three, allowing 5 hits and 4 earned. An ingrown toenail landed him on the DL, and he returned for one last appearance, in relief against the Red Sox. Two walks and a grand slam later, Redman was released.
Redman as a Brave: 0-4, 11.63 ERA, 21-2/3 IP, 38 H, 11 BB, 2.262 WHIP.