The Book of Mike

"This is no junior college. This is the notorious University of Miami.” -- Marlins starter Dontrelle Willis, after getting knocked around for six runs in 2 1/3 innings by the Canes.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Maddux and 15

It doesn't seem to be getting much attention, but with yesterday's win, Greg Maddux has only nine wins on the season. Although he's a Cub, I'm a little worried about this, as Maddux has a streak of fifteen win seasons that seemingly goes back until time began.

Can Maddux manage six more wins this season? Looking at it optimistically, it seems questionable. Greg probably has no more than ten starts left this season - so that means he'd have to win six of his next ten starts. That's certainly possible, but it's made more difficult by the fact that the Cubs just aren't that good. Maddux may be more greatful for the return of Nomar Garciaparra than anyone else (assuming of course that the Professor cares about his win streak - my guess is that he doesn't - he just wants to pitch and win ball games, but that the number of years with 15 or more wins is largely irrelevant).


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