Worst Offense: Atlanta Braves (May 1985)

When the 1985 season began, the Atlanta Braves were only three years removed from an NL West Division title. But the 1985 campaign was the start of one of the worst stretches in franchise history.

The low point of the season were four games from May 8 to 12.

May started well for Atlanta with a 17-9 win at Cincinnati. But it would take until the 15th of the month until the Braves would equal the run total from that game.

During this stretch, Atlanta was shutout for four consecutive games. This would be four of six shutouts in May and 18 times the Braves were shutout that season.

The infamous streak began on May 8 with a 4-0 loss to the Mets at Shea Stadium. Afterwards, the Braves traveled to Montreal for a weekend three-game series against the Expos. The change of scenery did nothing to jump start the offense.

Expos starter Bryn Smith tossed a six-hit shutout on May 10 while Bill Gullickson earned the win the next day with a 3-0 triumph. Montreal completed the sweep thanks to a combined shutout from David Palmer and Jeff Reardon. Atlanta only managed 17 hits in the three-game series.

The Braves returned home looking to just get the zero off the run column. On May 13 after 37.2 innings, the streak finally ended with Glenn Hubbard’s RBI single in the bottom of the second inning against the Mets. Even though this would be the only run the Braves scored, it was enough to end their five-game losing streak in a 1-0 win.

The 1985 season marked the first of six consecutive years Atlanta failed to reach 80 wins. The Braves had some worse won/loss records after 1985, but their four days in May of zero runs may have been worse than any losing season.


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