The four-time NL Cy Young Award winner improved to 2-0 over his last six starts in Tuesday’s 7-0 victory over the New York Mets. Maddux scattered three hits over 6 2-3 innings, striking out 10 and walking three.
“It’s nice to win,” said Maddux, who is 23-16 with a 2.38 ERA in 56 career starts against the Nationals franchise.
“It’s still early. Obviously we have a lot of time to get our act together and play the way we’re capable of playing. I don’t think it was life or death or anything before the game started, by any means. We just needed a win and we got a win. It doesn’t matter if it’s one run or 10 runs.”
Chicago had won three in a row before Saturday’s 4-3 setback to the Nationals, dropping the underachieving Cubs three games below .500.
Washington, which snapped its three-game losing streak, will counter Maddux with right-hander John Patterson, who is coming off his worst start of the season.
Patterson, who had won his previous two decisions, allowed four runs and four hits over three innings in Washington’s 11-8 win over San Francisco on May 7. It was the first time in six starts the right-hander had gone less than six innings.
Patterson has been dominant at home this season, going 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in four starts at RFK.