Game Ninety-Three: Cubs (36-56) vs. Astros (45-49)
Game Time – 7:05pm C.T. WGN, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 184
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Greg Maddux (7-10, 4.99) vs. Roger Clemens (1-3, 2.96)
Updated – 5:32pm C.T. – Maddux has ERA Lowered to 4.60
Let the battle begin!!! The battle of 300 winners, the battle of future Hall of Famers and the battle between the Cubs and the Astros, Tonight’s game is very special and one that we saw last season, tonight’s match-up features two of the best pitchers to ever take the mound and while both are on the downside of their career, if they are both on it could be a very good game to watch. Maddux beat Clemens last April in Houston 3-2, it would be great to see history repeat itself.
Greg Maddux has been a victim of either no run support of bad defense all season long. Maddux has made a career out of pinpoint control with a solid defense behind him and he has not had either since April. His last outing against the Mets he allowed 6 runs, 5 earned on 8 hits in 7 innings of work but a missed double play and throwing error cost him 2 runs and the Cubs a shot at starting the second half with a win.
The Cubs offense must give Maddux some run support and an early lead. This could be the last time that Maddux steps to the mound at Wrigley in Cubbie Blue and it would be gat to see him walk off a winner.
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Update – According to a report from the Associated Press on Wednesday, Greg Maddux’s ERA was lowered from 4.99 to 4.60 after scorer Ron Jernick changed the ruling on a base hit against the Marlins on May 24th. The play in question happened in the 5th inning when Ronny Cedeno’s throwing error (a one hop throw) allowed Florida’s Hanley Ramirez to reach 1st base safely with 2 outs. The Marlins went on to score 6 runs that inning. Maddux has now been charged with just 1 earned run instead of 6 which dropped his ERA more than a third of a point. The hit was taken away from Ramirez and an error was given to Cedeno on the throw. The Cubs appealed the scoring decision 8 weeks ago.