When the Braves are in a funk, they are really bad. 1979 was about as bad as it could get. It was Bobby Cox second season as manager. They maintained their ability to stay in the cellar ending the year 66-94 and in sixth place in the West Division. A full 23 1/2 games behind.
As is many times the case, pitching was a challenge for the Braves in 1979. The Braves pitchers had a combine ERA of 4.18, the worst in the league.
And to make things worse, the defense committed 20 more errors than any other team. Bad pitching and a worse defense. A combination for disaster. I am sure Bobby wasn’t a happy man.