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.