posted on Jul, 31 2006 @ 09:41 PM
Greg Maddux is now a member of the LA Dodgers, a team I'm sworn to hate for life because I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Giants fan. The Dodgers are in last
place, but they're also only 5 games out of first place, so they've obviously got a shot at winning their mediocre division. And if anybody's a
veteran with experience in division stretch runs, he's it.
I believe Maddux is one of the 2 or 3 greatest right-handed pitchers in Major League Baseball history, possibly the greatest. He still has an
excellent strikeout-to-walk ratio, and he's not giving up tons of hits, but he's giving up a few too many (153 in 136-1/3 innings), and he's given up
14 HR's in less than 2/3 of a season. Then again, that was in Wrigley Field. Dodger Stadium is a lot more pitcher-friendly.
It's beyond dispute that he can help the younger pitchers on LA's staff, and perhaps ALL the other pitchers there. Whether he can get a second wind
at age 40, and improve on his uncharacteristic E.R.A. of 4.69, is another question. It will be interesting to learn the answer.
Baseball History Nut