As an owner who trade Josh Hamilton for him before the season started I'm a bit worried. The problem with the new arm slot is that he can't throw the same pitches he normally throws. He is a beast and will battle through whatever comes his way, but he can't do right now what he is used to doing.
I think he'll make it through the year and be effective. If the Braves are not in contention, he'll be shut down. He will not longer be throwing his split-finger either. This may be his last year...next year tops. This makes me sad...he is a gamer and will be missed.
If you think Smoltz is "done", you clearly don't know John Smoltz.
The concern with this injury is recovery, not how it effects his stuff. He's been pitching the whole year with it, and to date, his stuff has been excellent. From a fantasy perspective, what you've got to be aware of is that he will almost certainly NEVER go three consecutive days and go two consecutive rarely. This means you'll see Soriano and maybe Gonzalez taking steals away from him. I'd guess 40-50 innings the rest of the way for Smoltzy with very good numbers but not the saves total you'd like to see (maybe 15).
So he's still a useful fantasy player to have. Just be aware that while you may be getting workhorse closer ratios and Ks, you won't be getting workhorse closer innings or saves.
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George_Foreman wrote:Oh, and as for his career, I'll be surprised if he's back next year. Unless he gets some (more) surgery or something, I'm just not sure he'll want to put himself through it physically.
Yes, but he's a competitor. If the pain is tolerable, I'd see him coming back for one more year, simply because he'd be bored.