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Smoltz and Cox
David Pinto over at Baseball Musings argues that Tuesday night, Bobby Cox should have used John Smoltz in the eighth inning and get a four-out save, rather than waiting to bring him in until the ninth inning, a move which probably cost the Braves sole possession of first place.

I agree that ideally Cox should have brought Smoltz in to get some outs in the eighth, but as is often reported in a Pete Van Wieren monotone, Smoltz has a significant say in when he is used and how he is used and it may be that Smoltz did not want to get more than three outs due to his six-out appearance Monday night.

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