Greg Maddux has 329 career wins, and none of them have occurred in Arizona.
The NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers (66-61) hope Maddux can end his winless streak at Chase Field on Friday, when the right-hander starts the opener of a three-game series against the Diamondbacks (62-65).
Maddux is 0-5 with a 5.60 ERA in eight starts at Chase Field, formerly Bank One Ballpark, and is 1-9 with a 5.21 ERA in 14 career starts against the Diamondbacks.
The only other NL team against which he does not have a double-digit win total is Atlanta, though he still has eight victories against the club with which he spent 11 seasons. The only other current NL ballparks where he has not won are Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park, where he has never pitched, and Washington’s RFK Stadium, where he did not get a decision in his only start.
Maddux (11-11, 4.27 ERA) is looking move into sole possession of 10th place for career wins. The four-time Cy Young Award winner tied Steve Carlton for 10th all-time on Sunday as he benefitted from a big effort by the Dodgers lineup in a 14-7 win at San Francisco on Sunday, having allowed six runs—four earned—in six innings.
“Fourteen runs make things a lot better,” Maddux said. “Runs can make you look good real quick.”
Maddux and the Dodgers have both looked good since he was acquired in a July 31 deadline deal with the Chicago Cubs for infielder Cesar Izturis. Maddux is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in four starts for the Dodgers, who are an NL-best 16-6 in August.
“You can’t put into words what he does for us,” Dodgers rookie left fielder Andre Ethier said. “Everyone knows he’s not a power pitcher, but he finds a way to get it done.”
Maddux was 5-0 with a 1.35 ERA through his first five starts this season before appearing in Phoenix on May 3. He was tagged for five runs and 10 hits in five innings of a 5-1 defeat, beginning a five-start string during which he went 0-4 with a 6.18 ERA.
The Dodgers look for Maddux to help them extend their division lead, which is one game over second-place San Diego, and recover from a three-game sweep in San Diego. It was capped by Wednesday’s 7-2 loss in which teammates Brad Penny and Julio Lugo, and manager Grady Little were ejected.
“We have to get the hell out of town as long as everybody is still safe,” Little said.
The Diamondbacks have dropped four in a row and trail Los Angeles by four games. They fell to 8-14 in August with Wednesday’s 7-6 defeat in San Francisco.
“Realistically, we’re in the NL West and anything can happen,” said Diamondbacks left fielder Luis Gonzalez, who has hit .317 (32-for-101) with 10 homers against Maddux. “The team that has the last hot steak probably will win it.”
These teams have split 12 meetings this season, with each going 5-1 at home.
Claudio Vargas (10-8, 4.89) starts for Arizona. He won his last outing as he tied a season high by lasting seven innings in the Diamondbacks’ 5-3 victory at San Diego on Saturday. The right-hander allowed one run, three hits and two walks.
He is 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA over his last three starts, completing at least six innings each time. Vargas last won three straight decisions when he had a three-start winning streak from April 25-May 6.
Vargas is 2-1 with a 3.28 ERA in six career appearances against the Dodgers, but lost his only start against them this year.