IGD: Padres @ Pirates (31 May 07)

first pitch: 4:05 p.m. PT
television: Channel 4SD
matchup: Greg Maddux (4-3, 4.20 ERA) vs Shawn Chacon (1-0, 3.38 ERA)
previews: Padres.com | SI.com

Greg Maddux has been terrible over his last two starts:

Greg Maddux, May 19 and 25, 2007
Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.
9.1 21 10 10 3 1 6

On the other side, Shawn Chacon has been terrible over, um, a little longer than his last two starts. Among other things, Chacon had one of the most unbelievable seasons in recent memory for the Rockies in 2004, when he saved 35 games despite a 7.11 ERA and 1.942 WHIP.

Not to belittle anything that Trevor Hoffman has accomplished, but if a guy like Chacon can pick up 35 saves in a season, maybe it’s time to rethink how that stat works. Goose Gossage was a great reliever, and he never saved 35 games in a single season.

Anyway, here’s hoping Maddux and Chacon both revert to form this evening. Go Padres!

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