All it took for John Smoltz to remember how to pitch…

Posted: August 31, 2009 by datechguy in baseball
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…was to leave the Red Sox and to face last place teams as often as possible:

Smoltz doesn’t care about the skeptics who point out his first starts have come against last-place teams. He struck out nine, including seven in a row, last Sunday at San Diego. The Nationals are 14-12 in August, with a shot at their first winning month since September 2007.

“People can say what they want about the Nationals maybe not having the best of years, but lately they’ve been swinging the bat extremely well, scoring in double digits every time you look up,” Smoltz said. “I was fortunate to keep them to one run.”

Smoltz has a 0.82 ERA after going 2-5 with an 8.33 ERA in Boston, leading to his release earlier this month.

All four of his wins this season are against teams in last place. He has also lost 3 games against basement dwellers. The combined record of the teams he has defeated this year is 206-318.

Will he manage to win against the big boys? Will the Cards choose to spot start him? Only the next month will tell.

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