Time for Desert
The odyssey continues tonight in balmy Arizona, where Maddux will try and continue his success where so many before him have failed. The Cubs' pitching rotation is shambolic, to a point -- our vet is unbeaten, our youngest pitcher is unbeaten, and the three between him have yet to muster a win between them. Zambrano is pitching like a drunken bullfighter, Guzman is having difficulty finding the major league strike zone, and Rich Hill gets his first start of 2006 tomorrow night.
But enough of all that. Tonight is Greg's night, as he pushes for career win #324 to tie for 13th on the All-Time Wins list. Here's hoping the offense can bag some runs after yesterday's shutout.
1. Diamondbacks' OF Luis Gonzalez is .316 lifetime against Maddux [31-for-98], including 10 home runs and 20 RBIs. The 10 home runs represents the most by any player off Maddux's pitching in his career.
2. Aramis Ramirez is .091 lifetime against Miguel Batista.
3. Diamondbacks' OF Shawn Green is .429 lifetime against Maddux [12-for-28], with 3 HRs and 10 RBIs.