No. 29

Stat geeks roll their eyes at the concept of a clutch performer, which tells me they must have never watched John Smoltz – whose number will be retired June 8 — pitch in October.

In 209 postseason innings, Smoltzie had a better ERA, WHIP, winning percentage and K/9 IP ratio. That’s not a coincidence. It’s clutch, and no Brave was better in big situations.

The stats prove it.

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5 thoughts on “No. 29

  1. Andy Pettite could stand on his tiptoes on top of the space needle and he still couldn’t kiss John’s ass.

  2. Totally agree Pepe, that juicer/cheater/prick does not even begin to belong in the same company as No. 29.

  3. A good pitcher commands the game. I’ve never seen a postseason pitcher with more command. If Lonnie Smith keeps running in ’91, Smoltz gets the win and the Braves run in the 1990s becomes a celebration instead of mostly what ifs. It’s still hard to believe we had a starting rotation with three hall of famers, but eventually that’s what the record will show.

  4. It’s also a shame that Steve Avery was never able to fulfill his potential. If he’s not hit by injuries, then we could be talking 4 HOFers, with probably the same number of World Series titles. Sigh…

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