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The Braves had some issues with left-handed starting pitchers in the 1980s

Here is a list of all of Atlanta's left-handed starting pitchers in the 1980s. It helps explains why that decade was tough for the Braves.

1980
Larry McWilliams – 30 GS – 9-14, 4.95 – 90 ER in 163.2 IP

1981
Larry McWilliams – 5 GS – 2-1, 2.97 – 12 ER in 36.1 IP

1982
Ken Dayley – 11 GS – 3-6 – 4.76 – 30 ER in 56.2 IP
Larry McWilliams – 2 GS – 0-1- 4.82 – 5 ER in 9.1 IP

1983
Ken Dayley – 16 GS – 4-6 – 4.39 – 45 ER in 92.1 IP
Pete Falcone – 15 GS – 7-2 – 4.15 – 36 ER in 78 IP

1984
Pete Falcone – 16 GS – 4-7 – 4.97 – 49 ER in 88.2 IP
Ken Dayley – 6 GS – 0-5 – 7.48 – 18 ER in 21.2 IP
Zane Smith – 3 GS – 1-0 – 2.25 – 5 ER in 20 IP

1985
Zane Smith – 18 GS – 6-6 – 3.16 – 38 ER in 108.1 IP

1986
Zane Smith – 32 GS – 7-16 – 4.15 – 90 ER in 195 IP

1987
Zane Smith – 36 GS – 15-10 – 4.09 – 110 ER in 242 IP
Tom Glavine – 9 GS – 2-4 – 5.54 – 31 ER in 50.1 IP
Larry McWilliams – 2 GS – 0-1 – 7.56 – 7 ER in 8.1 IP

1988
Tom Glavine – 34 GS – 7-17 - 4.56 – 99 ER in 195.1 IP
Zane Smith – 22 GS – 5-10 – 4.13 – 64 ER in 139.1 IP
German Jimenez – 9 GS – 1-5 – 5.53 – 25 ER in 40.2 IP

1989
Derek Lilliquist – 30 GS – 8-10 – 3.98 – 73 ER in 165 IP
Tom Glavine – 29 GS – 14-8 – 3.68 – 76 ER in 186 IP
Zane Smith – 17 GS – 1-12 – 4.45 – 49 ER in 99 IP
Kent Mercker – 1 GS – 0-0 – 11.57 – 3 ER in 2.1 IP

TOTALS: 96-141– 4.30 ERA - 955 ER in 1998.1 IP


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