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Smoltz had shaky postseason numbers, avoiding a decision despite a 6.60 ERA.
But Smoltz and the Braves won the franchise's only World Series in Atlanta, thanks in great part to Maddux and Glavine, who had begun to overshadow Smoltz.
He won the NL Cy Young Award with 26 of the 28 first-place votes.
Smoltz's effectiveness in 1997 was only slightly less than his Cy Young season, but frugal run support limited him to a 15–12 record.
Both starters pitched shutout ball for seven innings, before Smoltz was removed from the 0–0 game during a Twins threat in the eighth.
He also holds the Braves franchise record for career strikeouts (3,011), and the record for the most career games pitched for the Braves (708) since the club's move to Atlanta in 1966; from 2004 to 2014, he held the franchise record for career saves.
Smoltz left the Braves after 2008 and split his final season with the Boston Red Sox and St. Since retiring as a player, he has served as a color commentator and analyst on television.
In 2002, he set the NL record with 55 saves, and became only the second pitcher in history (joining Dennis Eckersley) to record both a 20-win season and a 50-save season.
He is the only pitcher in major league history to record both 200 wins and 150 saves.