Monday, September 27, 2010

This Day in Braves History- John Smoltz

2002 Topps #145
On this day in 2002, former Brave John Smoltz recorded his 54th save of the season- breaking the N.L. record previously held by Randy Myers and Trevor Hoffman. The recorded save could be looked at as vindication for Smoltz, as he had been roughed up by the Mets on April 6th that year. Pitching in the ninth inning that day, he allowed eight runs to New York in an 11-2 loss. By allowing eight runs in just two-thirds of an inning, Smoltz began the year with a 43.20 ERA after two appearances- and despite dominating the National League over the next few months, it would be July 23 before Smoltz would get his ERA below 4.00

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