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 Comments on No. 29

  1. Stat geeks would characterize his playoff statistics as “small sample size.”

  2. pepefreeus // April 18, 2012 at 12:55 am //

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

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

  4. rankin' rob // April 18, 2012 at 8:59 am //

    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.

  5. 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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