Smoltz Stones Mets for Milestone

Atlanta pitcher founds exclusive 200-win, 150-save club
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2007 4:53 AM CDT
Smoltz Stones Mets for Milestone
Atlanta Braves starter John Smoltz waves his cap to fans as he celebrates his 200th career win after the Braves' 2-1 win against the New York Mets at an Major League Baseball game, Thursday, May 24, 2007, at Turner Field in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Facing off against former teammate Tom Glavine, do-it-all Braves righty John Smoltz prevailed again for his 200th win—the most for any player with 150 saves or more. Smoltz was converted to a closer in 2001 and back to a starter in 2005, and his 154 saves are an Atlanta team record.

Hall-of-Famer Dennis Eckersley is closest to Smoltz's 200-150 combination, with 197 wins and 390 saves. Smoltz, 40, has pitched 14 scoreless innings in his last two starts, and the Braves are 3-0 when he pitches against Glavine, 41, who this year is seeking his 300th career win. (Read more MLB stories.)

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