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Smoltz to be released, somehow has several suitors

Aug 17, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT

Jon Heyman (and many others) are saying that the Red Sox are going to release John Smoltz today.  Rosenthal has the Dodgers, Cardinals and Marlins as interested.  No chance he’s going back to the Braves, says Mark Bowman, and he provides some statistical reasons to be wary of Smotlz, even as a reliever:

During the first 25 pitches of the eight starts Smoltz made for the Red Sox, he limited opponents to a .257 (9-for-35) batting average, a  .395 on-base percentage and a .286 slugging percentage.   From pitches 26-50, opponents produced a .327 batting average (17-for-52).  And from pitches 51-75, they hit .388 (19-for-49) against him.

Yes, that profiles nicely for short relief, but as Bowman notes, the quick breakdown makes one wonder whether he could be used effectively as a short reliever. A short guy in the pen has to be able to warm up fast, warm up couple of times a game, and pitch a few times a week.  If Smoltz gets gassed do quickly and so totally, I have a hard time seeing him be truly useful out of the pen.

As a Braves fan I love the guy, but as Neyer basically said the other day, if his name were Joe Schmo, no one would be talking about how he could help anybody.

  1. Jason @ IIATMS - Aug 17, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Funny, I wrote the very same thing as Neyer did (a week ago)…yet most of the comments were pro-Smoltz.

  2. Dennis Rick - Aug 17, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    I will take my hat off to Smoltz. He has been a good pitcher threwout his career. Hopefully he has a few left in him. Like one more for the road.

  3. Jerry - Aug 17, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    You are overlooking the obvious: Why not Detroit?

  4. Frank - Aug 17, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    If the Dodgers keep getting their pitchers ankles twisted, or get beaned in the head, I’m sure they can use someone, why not Smoltz. I’m simply concern on how well he will do as a short reliever.

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