Greg Maddux looks to reach another historic milestone, and continue improving the Chicago Cubs’ chances of winning the NL wild card as they play the third game of a four-game series with the Cincinnati Reds.
Maddux, who has already posted his 300th career win this season, is one victory shy of having 15 or more wins in 17 straight years, extending his own major league record.
Aside from the individual achievements, Maddux has been a key component in Chicago’s playoff push. The veteran right-hander is 7-2 with a 2.08 ERA in 11 starts during the second half.
The Cubs pounded the Reds 12-4 on Friday as Derek Lee homered and drove in five runs. Despite the victory, Chicago remained a half-game behind wild-card leading San Francisco, which beat San Diego 4-1 on Friday behind Barry Bonds’ 700th career homer.
The Cubs have won five in a row and seven of nine.
“Things are clicking,” Lee said of the Cubs, who have won five in a row four times this year. “It seems that one guy every night is having a good night, and that’s what it takes.”
Cincinnati right-hander Aaron Harang will attempt to slow down Chicago on Saturday, but he’s struggled of late, winning just one of his last seven starts.
Harang has allowed seven runs in each of last two starts, including an 11-0 defeat at Milwaukee on Monday. He failed to get past the fifth inning in both outings.