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The 20 worst A-Braves pitcher: #6, Mickey Mahler

Rick’s brother is the fourth member of the ’77 Braves to make our list. Though Rick had the better career, Mickey, a hard-throwing southpaw with a 12-6 curve,¬†was the more highly regarded of the siblings.

He debuted with the Braves in ’77 following the second no-hitter of his minor league career. He started just four games that year for the parent club and began the ’78 season in the bullpen. After 16 scoreless innings as a reliever, Mickey was inserted into the rotation.

His fourth start was a gem. Mahler went the distance against the Cards, allowing one run, walking none and striking out 9. He entered the All-Star break with a 2.82 ERA after outdueling Gaylord Perry, that year’s NL Cy Young Award winner, on July 7.

Mickey won only once more that year, losing his last nine starts and finishing third in the NL in wild pitches. It was a sign of things to come.

In 1979, his final year in Atlanta, Mahler posted an ugly 5.85 ERA and 1.700 WHIP. He was released the following spring.

Mickey’s final tally as a Brave: 10-24 with a 5.27 ERA and 1.576 WHIP.

JoJo Reyes

The 20 worst A-Braves pitchers: #15, Jo-Jo Reyes

There was a time, believe it or not, when it appeared Jo-Jo Reyes would deliver on his potential. From May 28 to June 29, 2008, Jo-Jo started 7 games, pitching into the 7th inning in all but one. Against Milwaukee on the 28th he struck out 9 in 7 innings, giving up just 2 hits and one run. On the 29th in Toronto he tossed another gem, surrendering but one run and striking out 5.

He’d start 15 more games as a Brave, lasting past the 5th three times. It was a stretch of sustained suckitude unlike any Braves fans had seen since the days of Hanna and (Mickey) Mahler.

Jo-Jo saved his worst for last, allowing 10 hits and 9 earned in 3-1/3 vs. the Padres, walking three. Three months later he was traded along with Yesco to the Blue Jays, ending his Braves career 5-15 with a 6.40 ERA and 1.670 WHIP.