Greg Maddux grinned at the mention of the challenge of pitching at Coors Field.
“Did I struggle there?” he asked.
His career ERA at Coors Field was 5.19, second only to Chase Field in Phoenix (6.01) among ballparks in which he had at least five career decisions.
“Yeah, but what was my record?” he replied.
He was 8-2 in 14 starts at Coors Field, his second best winning percentage among ballparks in which he had at least four decisions to the 8-1 record he has compiled at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The eight wins are the most of any visiting pitcher, one more than Randy Johnson, and two ahead of Adam Eaton.
“I’ll take that,” said Maddux. “That’s better than being 2-8 with a 3.50 ERA. ERA is nice, but a starting pitcher needs to concentrate on innings pitched and wins, and not worry about his ERA or strikeouts per nine innings or walks. It is all about going out there and winning.”
...Maddux, a likely first-time Hall of Fame inductee when he is on the ballot for the first time in December, has advice for anyone who wants to listen.
“Coors Field is all about going six innings, and that was before they messed with the baseballs [in a humidor],” said Maddux. “Now it’s a better place to pitch.
“Usually the pitcher who throws the most innings there will win. It’s not about going seven or eight innings and giving up two runs or less. It’s about outlasting the other pitcher.”
Posted: March 02, 2013 at 08:23 AM | 10 comment(s)
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