Greg Maddux showed in his last outing that he still has a lot left, certainly enough to reach the 300-win club.
Since opening the season with two losses and an 8.62 ERA in three starts, the 38-year-old right-hander has won two of his last three outings, pitching to a 2.25 ERA and allowing 20 hits in 20 innings.
Maddux pitched seven strong innings, stole a base, got an infield hit and scored twice in the Cubs’ 7-3 victory over St. Louis on Monday.
“It was a great day for Greg,” Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. “This guy comes to compete and tries to beat you any way he can.”
He definitely had the Cardinals’ attention.
“When it really gets tight and he needs to make a pitch, he brings out stuff that you haven’t seen the whole game,” St. Louis catcher Mike Matheny said. “He has a very good idea of what he wants to do, and he usually executes.”
Carlos Zambrano certainly executed Friday, hurling a two-hitter in the Cubs’ 11-0 win over the Rockies in the series opener—Chicago’s first back-to-back wins since April 24-25.
The Rockies will give the ball to Jason Jennings. The struggling right-hander has a 13.20 ERA over his last three starts, all losses.
Colorado manager Clint Hurdle says he’s not worried about Jennings’ makeup, but is concerned with his mechanics.
“Jennings is sinking the ball on more occasions,” Hurdle said. “He’s also still spinning on his delivery sometimes and cutting balls.
“He’s got to get back into position where his body’s not flying out and his arm is not behind him. When his arm gets behind him, to catch up, he’s got to snap it on the side of the ball versus staying on top and throwing it and getting that sink.”
The Rockies have dropped two straight and three of four.