3,000-K club in relief
John Smoltz is unique to this club because of his years as a closer. This chart shows just how many more relief appearances he made than the club's other members.
Pitcher
Relief app.
Saves
John Smoltz241154
Phil Niekro14829
Walter Johnson13634
Curt Schilling13322
Gaylord Perry8711
Fergie Jenkins707
Pedro Martinez673
Bob Gibson466
Nolan Ryan343
Steve Carlton322
Don Sutton185
Randy Johnson102
Tom Seaver91
Bert Blyleven70
Greg Maddux40
Roger Clemens20


Journey to 3,000
John Smoltz reached the 3,000-strikeout plateau in the sixth-fewest innings in Major League history.
Pitcher
Year
Inn. to 3,000
Randy Johnson20002,470
Pedro Martinez20072,647 2/3
Nolan Ryan19802,802
Curt Schilling20063,093
Roger Clemens19983,154 2/3
John Smoltz20083,385 2/3
Tom Seaver19813,642 2/3
Bob Gibson19743,666 1/3
Steve Carlton19813,823 1/3
Bert Blyleven19863,887 1/3
Fergie Jenkins19824,174
Don Sutton19834,243 2/3
Greg Maddux20054,313
Gaylord Perry19784,355 1/3
Phil Niekro19844,746 1/3
Walter Johnson19234,927 1/3


Smoltz's favorite foes
Name
Strikeouts
Plate appearances
1. Craig Biggio26115
2. Reggie Sanders2252
3. Steve Finley2186
4. Benito Santiago2162
5. Andres Galarraga2050
6. Eric Karros 1959
7. David Wright 1952
8. Mike Lieberthal1839
9. Sammy Sosa1841
10. Matt Williams1880


Smoltz's top strikeout seasons
Year
Strikeouts
Innings pitched
1996276253 2/3
1997241256
1992215246 2/3
2006211232
1993208243 2/3