Seasons With Braves: 1966-72
Stats with Braves: 83-72, 3.60 ERA
We begin with, well, a guy I don’t know much about. Pat Jarvis began his career in the Cubs organization in 1960, but after a year was sent to the Tigers for some reason. (Even Baseball-Reference doesn’t know much about him!) A couple of years later he was sent to the Braves for Bruce Brubaker, who never did much, and pitched well as a callup in 1966. In 1967, he was in the rotation and led the team with 15 wins, though he didn’t pitch particularly well.
In 1968, Jarvis had his best season, going 16-12 with a 2.60 ERA. He didn’t pitch particularly well in 1969, but the Braves got big years from Niekro and Reed and decent years from the back of the rotation. For some reason, Lum Harris, down 2-0 in the 1969 NLCS (which was best of three at the time) chose to start not Milt Pappas, who had a 3.62 ERA with the Braves after coming over from the Reds, or his ace Niekro on two day’s rest, but Jarvis, who had a 4.43 ERA. I assume it made sense at the time. Jarvis was spotted a 2-0 lead on Hank’s two-run homer in the first but couldn’t hold it and was knocked out in the fifth, taking the loss.
Jarvis had one more good year in him, a 3.61 ERA in 1970 (the league’s was 4.30) but they didn’t score runs for him and he went 16-16. He went 6-14 in 1971, fell out of the rotation in 1972, then was traded to the Expos for Carl Morton, which was a great trade for the Braves. Jarvis only pitched 39 1/3 innings, all from the bullpen, for the Expos, while Morton (who just missed the cut) had three good years and one mediocre one for the Braves, and then he was part of the trade that brought Jeff Burroughs to Atlanta.
I promise to be more interesting with the guys who are more interesting.