Now as the season nears its completion, Moylan has proven dependable and durable enough to provide more than they could have imagined.
Moylan set a franchise record while making his 85th appearance with a scoreless eighth inning during Monday night's 4-0 win over the Marlins. The victory moved the Braves two games behind the front-running Rockies in the National League Wild Card race.
"At this time of the year, the only thing I'm worried about is the record of the team," Moylan said. I'm not really worried about any other records. It's great and a testament to the hard work of last year and the faith that [manager Bobby Cox] has had to put me out there that many times."
Chris Reitsma had set the Braves' franchise record with his 84 appearances during the 2004 season.
Moylan, who underwent the reconstructive surgical process on May 8, 2008, was so impressive during Spring Training that the Braves opted to begin the season with him in their bullpen. The decision proved questionable when the right-hander from Australia allowed six runs and issued four walks in the 2 2/3 innings he completed during his first five appearances.
But over the course of his past 72 appearances, Moylan has removed the rust and managed to post a 1.75 ERA. Since the All-Star break, he has completed 34 innings and allowed just two earned runs.
"He's been a savior," Cox said.
Moylan, who also recorded 80 appearances in 2007, is the only pitcher in franchise history to make 80 appearances in two different seasons.
"It's great, but there's still one record I'd like to get and that's to get [the team] about 92 wins," Moylan said in reference to the win total the Braves would register if they win each of their final six games.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less