Monday, April 24, 2006

Maddux and more

Well we all felt losing Derrick Lee would crush the positive outlook on the Cubs 2006 season, but with Greg Maddux pitching the way he is, he is keeping Cubs fans exuberant about our hopes. I don't know about ya'll but I can not hear enough about his game Sunday versus the cardinals. I've probably watched Sportscenter, Baseball Tonight, and ESPN news a dozen times just to hear them talk about Maddux.
To learn that in his 20 year Hall of Fame career this is the first time he has started 4-0 in his first four starts is amazing. I know many fans are thrilled with his start to the season but believe that he can't keep pitching even remotely close to this pace. I'm not saying that he is going to keep pitching lights out like his 4-0, 0.99 ERA start, but if he can keep locating like he is, it is going to be an amazing season.
I also believe that with Maddux pitching the way he is, the rest of the team will step up their play . I really hate saying this, but the one good thing that comes out of Derrick Lee's injury is the fact that Dusty Baker can not justify sitting Todd Walker often. The way he hits, he should never be questioned whether or not he should play. He is a good 2nd baseman and one of the better hitters in the league. Also with Lee's injury Aramis Ramirez is once again the big bat in the lineup. Maybe with this spotlight he will get his bat going and help carry the offense.
Well tonight is a big night for Zambrano, he is pitching against a 5-11 Marlins team. Hopefully tonight Zambrano will be back to his dominant form and start pitching like many people thought he would this year. Well I got distracted during this article because Sportscenter started talking about Maddux again, would apologize but if you are a Cubs fan you understand. Go CUBBIES!!!!!!!