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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Renaissance Man

Greg Maddux is 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA in his first three starts.

Let that sink in for a minute.

40-year old Greg Maddux has won his first three starts of the season for the first time in 11 years.

The man is in midseason form already. I don't know if it was the Dog's new offseason workout program or the fact that its a contract year and he's not ready to retire, but Doggy has been pretty amazing to watch. Last night he went 8 strong against the Dodgers, and with the help of the Closing Canuck, closed out L.A. in about 2 hours, enabling the pen to get some rest and me to get a full nights sleep. All in all a good day.

Of course there's talk of Mad Dog pushing 20 wins and being in contention for the Cy Young. What is he, Roger Clemens now? I don't know about all that as I'm sure he'll have his days where he's going to get rocked, but the Dog is on top of his game and looking very much like the Greg Maddux of the mid-'90's. If he keeps this up, he'll definitely crack 15 wins this year for sure. And that my friends, is a very good thing.

Other notes:

-Kerry Wood had an encouraging bullpen session in L.A. yesterday. He's scheduled to pitch a couple of simulated games and then a minor league rehab start sometime in the next couple of weeks. He's set to return to the Cubs sometime in the first two weeks of May. Yeah, kinda vague but that's the Cubs for you.
-Mark Prior also threw a bullpen session yesterday in Arizona. Apparently he's making good progress and should be throwing BP in the next few days. He's set to return sometime in May as well. Maybe.
-Wade Miller is said to be a couple of weeks behind Wood in his rehab, so the end of May might be a good prediction for his return.
-Todd Walker is absolutely killing the ball. And he hasn't bad in the field at all, including some rangy plays he made last night. I don't know what else the man has to do to secure an everyday spot in the lineup.


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