Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Cubs take first

Carlos Marmol threw a wild pitch, 6 walks, and was called for a balk night, but he didn't hit anybody with a pitch. The Astros bats didn't hit much either, scoring just 2 runs on 4 hits in the 4-2 loss.
Tonight, you may have heard, the pitching matchup will be Roger Clemens vs Greg Maddux. The pair have a combined record of 667 wins, 374 losses and 275 hit batters. Maddux could become the first 200 game loser in the majors since Charlie Hough lost his 200th on July 6, 1993, which was just 25 days before the first time Greg Maddux hit Craig Biggio with a pitch - July 31, 1993. Maddux also plunked Biggio June 12, 1994. Losses, by the way, are won of the few pitching categories which Maddux does not lead all pitchers who have hit Craig Biggio with a pitch. Frank Tanana holds that record among Biggio plunkers, with 236 losses. Maddux leads that group in wins, starts, shutouts, innings pitched, hits allowed, cy young awards in years he plunked Biggio, and strikeouts. Among active pitchers who have hit Biggio with a pitch, Maddux leads about everything, although Pedro Martinez has pulled into a tie in career HBPs at 125.
Craig Biggio has never been hit on July 19th, but tonight could be exactly the sort of game in which two veteran pitchers pull out all their tricks from the past, and maybe Maddux will remember those Cy Young winning years in '93 and '94 when he did things like hit Craig Biggio with a pitch. Maybe.

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