I love doing this kind of thing.
Even though Rich Hill is the OLDEST member of the Cubs' starting rotation (unless you're including Wade Miller, and that's not a given) -- when John Smoltz was drafted by the Tigers in the 22nd round (!) of the 1985 draft, Hill was in kindergarten.
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If the Braves win tonight, they will become the second team this year (and second in all of Cub history, though this has less meaning with only six- or seven-game 'season series') to sweep the entire season series; the other was the Padres.
Smoltz has beaten the Cubs like the proverbial drum his entire career -- 15-4, though he didn't pitch that well (and got a no-decision) in the Bizarro Baseball game, the 13-12 Braves win over the Cubs in Wrigley Field last May (the one that Atlanta won when a popup hit Aramis Ramirez in the head).
Man, this has been a ridiculous year. Anyway, the last time the Cubs beat Smoltz, the Cub starter was Greg Maddux. The first time Maddux was with the team -- that link is to a game from July 5, 1992, fourteen years ago.
I expect Smoltz's streak to continue tonight, though it'd be nice for Rich Hill to throw a good game again, particularly since the quality of the opponent is a little greater than the one from his last start.
News today: former Cub and Brave outfielder Dwight Smith was arrested for cocaine possession during a routine traffic stop last Friday in Atlanta.
Discuss amongst yourselves.