It's rematch time again -- these two faced each other last Tuesday in Pittsburgh -- for which I thank the Cubs and Pirates, not that they care, because that made editing this pitcher box much easier.
Z can tie Brad Penny for the NL lead in wins by winning today.
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The Dodgers have a day off next Monday and the Cubs don't. That means Z will pitch, presuming they keep him on a five-man-rotation schedule, Saturday in Atlanta, and then Thursday the 14th against the Dodgers, which leads me to this speculation.
Dodgers manager Grady Little said yesterday that:
Z vs. Maddux. Now THERE is something to look forward to! If it happens, it'll be the most-hyped Cub/Dodger pitching matchup since the celebrated Match Of The Jewish Lefthanders on September 25, 1966, the only time Ken Holtzman and Sandy Koufax started in the same game. Holtzman took a no-hitter into the ninth inning before giving up two hits and a run; the Cubs won the game 2-1, one of the highlights of that 103-loss season.
May we have another such highlight on the 14th.
Incidentally, that Dodger website link above also notes that Maddux played in his first major league game 20 years ago yesterday, September 3, 1986:
"Nolan Ryan and Jamie Moyer were the starting pitchers," recalls Maddux. "Yeah, we got darked out. Good time."
How has the game changed in the 20 years Maddux has been pitching?
"They've got lights now."
UPDATE [2006-9-4 10:48:59 by Al]: Scott Moore has been recalled and will be given uniform #15.
Discuss amongst yourselves.