Saturday, August 29, 2009

John Smoltz the second coming of Christ?

Smoltz's numbers since returning to the National League are somewhat ridiculous:

7 hits, 1 walk, 15 strikeouts, 1 run, 0.82 ERA in 11 innings pitched. These are Cliff Lee with the Philadelphia Phillies-sized numbers.

Before we start falling all over ourselves trying to slap each other on the back, and fund public works projects to erect statues and archways in celebration of his magnificence, let's remember that Smoltz has worked these miracles against the Padres and Nationals.

You know, two of the 3 worst teams in the NL.

I'd be much more inclined to drink the Kool Aid if he had performed these feats against the Dodgers and Marlins, for example.

I'm not saying to discount what he's done; but let's be cautious out there.


Cardinal70 said...

True, though Washington's offense is much more middle-of-the-pack than their record would indicate.

It was a positive outing. Don't know how long he'll be able to keep it up but we'll enjoy the ride.

Stephen said...

Have you seen the stories about Dave Duncan in yesterday's Post-Dispatch or today's New York Times?

Mike said...

I did. It also made the news over at ESPN.