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Living in Hysterialand
by Derek Smart
It feels like my brain is looking for things to be upset about.
Greg Maddux had another one of those Madduxian spring outings yesterday, throwing five innings while giving up four runs on seven hits. Not terribly disturbing by itself, after all, it's only March. But am I the only one made a little uneasy by this statement from The Professor?
If you have to give up four runs you should at least feel good about it. They hit some good pitches.
I'll admit, I'm overreacting a bit - I think the ongoing Wood/Prior soap opera is starting to get to me - but here's how I'm thinking of this:
Good pitchers give up hits and runs when they make mistakes, or when they just don't have their stuff. Fastballs aren't located, breaking balls don't break, and as a result a normally tough pitcher has a rough day.
Bad pitchers go out there with their best stuff and still get rocked. The put their heater right where they want to, and their slider has all the bite they can muster, but despite it all they get smoked like Fidel's cigar.
I'm not saying Maddux is a bad pitcher, shoot, I'm not even saying there's something to worry about. I just think there's little comfort to be had in a man you expect to throw 200 of your innings saying that he feels good about his outing because the opposition hit his good pitches.