Braves 1995 Pitching Rotation Still The Best Ever?

The Atlanta Braves 1995 World Series Winning campaign was headlined by an overpowering starting pitcher lineup. Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Steve Avery and Kent Mercker were the quintet of starting pitchers, not to mention lights out closer Mark Wohlers with 25 saves, that brought the World Series Trophy back to Atlanta.

Some parallels to this domination are drawn today with the current Philadelphia Phillies rotation of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels. Roy Halladay is currently one of the most dominant pitchers in the league, with a 2.33 ERA the last two seasons. Cliff Lee is another good pitcher, with a 3.33 ERA during his two stints with the Phillies. These don’t compare to the 1.63 ERA Greg Maddux put up during the ’95 season, or the performance by Glavine in the World Series (he won MVP).

Parallels will always be drawn to the 1995 World Series Winning Atlanta Braves rotation, but truthfully, nothing will ever come close to it.

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