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Smoltz to Close Again?

Postby Philliebuster » Wed Apr 30, 2008 1:15 pm

Didn't see this possibility coming yet.

John Smoltz, SP ATL
News: According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Braves SP John Smoltz would be willing to make a return to the closer's role in Atlanta when he comes off the DL. "Yes," he said Tuesday. "Right now I'm sitting at ground zero, taking it day by day, looking at every option to help this team get to the playoffs and end my career the way I'd like to end it."

Analysis: Verrrrry interesting. Smoltz spent more than three seasons as the Braves closer earlier this decade and was very effective in that role. He returned to starting in 2005, but the Braves closer situation is a mess right now with Peter Moylan and Rafael Soriano dealing with elbow problems and he could certainly be useful out of the bullpen. "I won't rush back," Smoltz said. "I'll use the best judgment to do what it takes to come back and be successful. The last thing I want to do is bounce back and forth on the DL. I will be fine. The team will be fine. And the next time I throw will be because I'm ready." Smoltz isn't likely to be back on the field until at least late May, so don't get yourself too concerned just yet unless you're a Soriano owner. If he continues to deal with elbow problems or finds himself blowing saves once he comes off the DL, he could lose his closer role super-quick once Smoltz comes back.
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Re: Smoltz to Close Again?

Postby sansav » Wed Apr 30, 2008 1:47 pm

I think this is great news - I just don't think his shoulder can hold up as a SP - but I think he can step in and be a dominant RP
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