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The Best Pitchers In Atlanta Braves History

Updated January 6, 2020 453 votes 31 voters49 items

List RulesVote up the top pitchers to take the mound for the Braves.

The best pitchers in Atlanta Braves history are all part of a long legacy of stellar pitching that stretches back to the beginnings of the franchise in Boston and Milwaukee. Whether they were starters who became a key part of a winning pitching rotation or relievers who filled out the back end of the pitching staff, all of these players have been integral to the Braves becoming a successful franchise.

Former stars like Kid Nichols and Tim Hudson appear below, as well as Hall of Fame starting pitchers like Greg Maddux and Warren Spahn. Of course, there is John Smoltz, who began his lengthy career as part of the Atlanta Braves roster.

So vote up the top pitchers in Braves history. Help choose the players who contributed the most to the franchise over the years and those who helped the team win games when it mattered.

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    Greg Maddux

    Braves career: 1993–2003

    Wins Above Replacement: 66.2

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    Warren Spahn

    Braves career: 1942, 1946–1964

    Wins Above Replacement: 91.8

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    John Smoltz

    Braves career: 1988–1999, 2001–2008

    Wins Above Replacement: 66.9

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    Tom Glavine

    Braves career: 1987–2002, 2008

    Wins Above Replacement: 58.6

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    Kid Nichols
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    Kid Nichols

    Braves career: 1890-1901

    Wins over Replacement: 107.4

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    Phil Niekro

    Braves career: 1964–1983, 1987

    Wins Above Replacement: 89.6

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    Tim Hudson

    Braves career: 2005–2013

    Wins Above Replacement: 24.1

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    Vic Willis

    Braves/Beaneaters career: 1898–1905

    Wins Above Replacement: 45.8

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    Lew Burdette

    Braves career: 1951–1963

    Wins Above Replacement: 26.1

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    Jim Whitney

    Braves/Beaneaters/Red Caps career: 1881–1885

    Wins Above Replacement: 34.2

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    John Clarkson

    Braves/Beaneaters career: 1888–1892

    Wins Above Replacement: 42.5

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    Tommy Bond

    Braves/Red Caps career: 1877–1881

    Wins Above Replacement: 41.2

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    Dick Rudolph
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    Dick Rudolph

    Braves career: 1913–1920, 1922–1923, 1927

    Wins Above Replacement: 21.8

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    Jack Stivetts

    Braves/Beaneaters career: 1892–1898

    Wins Above Replacement: 21.6

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    Johnny Sain

    Braves career: 1942, 1946–1951

    Wins Above Replacement: 21.1

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    Rick Mahler
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    Rick Mahler

    Braves/Beaneaters career: 1979–1988, 1991

    Wins Above Replacement: 16.9

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    Steve Avery

    Braves career: 1976–1978, 1980–1985

    Wins Above Replacement: 13.5

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    Bob Buhl
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    Bob Buhl

    Braves career: 1953–1962

    Wins Above Replacement: 19.6

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    Charlie Buffinton

    Braves/Red Stockings/Beaneaters career: 1882–1886

    Wins Above Replacement: 24.2

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    Craig Kimbrel

    Braves career: 2010–2014

    Wins Above Replacement: 12.0

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    Julio Teherán

    Braves career: 2011–2019

    Wins Above Replacement: 19.5

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    Ed Brandt
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    Ed Brandt

    Braves career: 1928–1935

    Wins Above Replacement: 18.6

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    Steve Bedrosian

    Braves career: 1981–1985, 1993–1995

    Wins Above Replacement: 11.3

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    Togie Pittinger
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    Togie Pittinger

    Braves/Beaneaters career: 1900–1904

    Wins Above Replacement: 17.4

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    Pat Jarvis
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    Pat Jarvis

    Braves career: 1966–1972

    Wins Above Replacement: 13.7