On this date one year ago, the Cubs and Mets had nearly identical records (Mets 45-44, Cubs 44-44), both still at the time modestly in contention for the wild-card berth that eventually went to the Astros.
Since then, of course, the fortunes of the two clubs have changed big-time. Today, the Mets have the best record in the NL, the Cubs nearly the worst.
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
Keeping in mind that Maddux is generally one of the fastest working pitchers in the game and that normally you can time Trachsel's starts with a calendar (only 7 of his 17 starts this year have been under 3 hours, and one of those was 2:59 and another was a rain-shortened 5-inning game), and today's game could either be quick. Or a marathon. Maddux has 34 wins lifetime vs. the Mets, his most vs. any team; Trachsel is 1-2 in his career vs. the Cubs, but has not faced them since the third game of the 2003 season, a 6-3 Cub win.
In any case, isn't it good to have baseball back?
Discuss amongst yourselves.