Cormier started the season in middle relief, putting up a good ERA and getting ridden hard. Eventually, he had some bad outings, got hurt, came back and still didn’t pitch well, went to the minors, and then made some starts, in which he wasn’t atrocious but didn’t exactly light the world on fire.
Cormier’s early season success was an illusion, really; he wasn’t pitching well, he was just lucky. At that point, the team would take luck, but eventually that ran out. In 25 relief innings, Cormier walked 19 and struck out only 10. Kevin Gryboski wouldn’t sign for that. His control was much better as a starter (20 walks in 48 IP) and his strikeouts slightly up, but he had home runs difficulties. Still, he was a lot more promising than when he was in the bullpen… Had a huge reverse-platoon split, righthanders hitting 80 points higher and slugging 154 points higher than lefties, but accomplished this by walking all the tough lefties.
The Braves were 11-18 in games in which Cormier made an appearance.