Greg Maddux Is Pitching More Like Vintage Greg Maddux

Greg Maddux of the San Diego Padres

With Saturday’s 3-1 win against the Colorado Rockies, Greg Maddux earned his 12th win of the season. Dating back to August 8, Greg Maddux is 5-1 with 21 strikeouts and NO walks.

Spanning 38 innings and seven starts, Maddux has allowed two or less runs in six of those starts and lowered his ERA from 4.15 to 3.68. If it wasn’t for the great San Diego bullpen, the fact that Maddux has only pitched in the 7th inning twice would hurt most pitchers (because of the low run support) and most teams (because of the overuse of relief pitchers).

But surprisingly, Maddux is still on pace of reaching 200 IP, making it the 20th of his 21 seasons (not including his rookie 1986 season). And the 2002 season where Maddux didn’t pitch 200 innings, he only missed it by two outs.

The future Hall Of Famer is the model pitcher of consistency and control. On the year, Maddux is still sporting an almost 5:1 K/BB ratio.

Rilo Kiley

Bad news for Rilo Kiley fans. In the September 2007 issue of Spin, writer Strawberry Saroyan (grand-daughter to writer William Saroyan whose short story “The Human Comedy” is a personal favorite) notes in her article “Solid Gold” about Rilo Kiley’s possible imminent break-up.

It’s not hard to do the math: Lewis needs the album to break through to rationalize staying with the group despite a burgeoning solo career, while Sennett needs the success to compensate for the increasingly smaller role he has in the band he founded.

For the record, I like both side projects that Jenny Lewis (solo album) and Blake Sennett (The Elected)did. Let’s not forget that Pierre de Reeder is even doing a solo project. Hopefully Jason Boesel starts a side-project himself so that he doesn’t feel too left out.

Oh yeah. And Roger Federer won his 12th Grand Slam title by winning his fourth consecutive U.S. Open championship with his 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 victory over Novak Djokovic.

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