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Braves News: Spencer Strider Breaks John Smoltz' Record Against the Rockies

Larry Rupp
Atlanta Braves ace Spencer Strider broke John Smoltz' record against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night.
Atlanta Braves ace Spencer Strider broke John Smoltz' record against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Rookie Spencer Strider has emerged an ace for an Atlanta Braves team looking to win back-to-back World Series titles. He was in the groove once again on Thursday night, but didn't understand why his teammates kept mentioning John Smoltz. It was because Strider broke a record held by the legend.

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Strider was shutting one Colorado Rockies batter down after another via the strikeout. By the end of eight innings, the 23-year-old had racked up 16 Ks, which is the most by any Braves starter since the team moved to Atlanta in 1966. He allowed two hits and walked none in what was a 3-0 home victory.

Smoltz struck out 15 batters in a game two different times, once against Montreal in 1992 and once against the New York Mets in 2005. Strider used his increased velocity and stellar pitch placement to go just one step higher, though. He told reporters he is just "grateful to be here and having success.”

"Having success" is quite the understatement, too. Thursday was the 10th time Strider has allowed one or less run in his last 12 starts. On the year, the former fourth-round pick owns a 2.67 ERA and 0.98 WHIP across 114.2 innings (28 appearances). He has racked up a ridiculous 174 strikeouts, too.

Strider's emergence has garnered national attention as he is now the betting favorite to be named the National League Rookie of the Year at -360 odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Meanwhile, the Braves have odds set at +1200 to win the World Series, which trails only four other MLB squads.

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