Casey Coleman pitched well, but Matt Latos dominated the Cubs’ “kids lineup.” Latos gave up just two hits, but, of all players, it was Coleman who broke up Latos’ no-hitter in the sixth. Indeed, Coleman was the only one of the “kids” (notice the quotes, which means Starlin Castro is not included) to get a hit.


  • ry

    thank god there are only two days left; never been so happy to see a season end in my life!

    • Fishin Phil

      Yes, it is a mercy.  I look forward to Quade’s firing on Thursday.

      • MichiganGoat

        I doubt it will be that quick I expect Ricketts will let the new GM. Ake that move

  • die hard

    Ive said it before and was ridiculed…and will say it again to probably more of the same….Coleman is a second coming of Greg Maddux…Cubs, please please please dont screw this up!!!!!

    • Ian Afterbirth

      Not having seen a single game in two years I, for one, will happily take your word for it,

    • MichiganGoat

      This is a little premature since all of Colemans great starts have been in September, don’t forget how bad he looked during the “real” season yet last September he looked good. I hope your right but I would not bet on such a statement.

    • Brett

      No one is the second coming of Maddux. I understand the comparison, because Coleman’s style, movement, and delivery look a bit like Maddux. But Coleman will never be an ace, let alone a guy who was perennially the best pitcher in baseball. If Coleman can consistently have the kind of control he’s had the last two times out, he can be a ML starter on a good team. That’s as high as I’ll go, and that’s pretty high when you think about it.

  • Mike Foster

    Brett, really sticking your neck out there… just saying, BWB’s and all. Someone will be the second coming of Maddux, it’s bound to happen. So why not Coleman? I’ll go with DH on this one.

    So, is Colvin toast? Time to stick a fork in him? I hate to see his fall-off, but…..

    • Brett

      I’m not saying there will never be another pitcher with as many wins/K’s/CY/low ERA titles/etc. as Maddux. I’m simply saying there will never be another pitcher just like him – that’s true of most of the truly, historically great pitchers. They were unique in ways that a run of mill “good” starter will never be.

      If you’re asking me whether Coleman is more likely to be “as good as” Maddux or “as bad as” the dozens of pitchers who bust every year, I’d go with the latter. Comfortably. Even just playing the odds, it’s a very safe bet.

  • dreese

    I think what Brett is trying to defend is that when you talk about great players there will never be another one of them. For example, there will never be another Michael Jordan. In the future another player might have better numbers, more titles and all that but there will only ever be one Michael Jordan.

  • SirCub

    To put it in perspective, Coleman has had a couple of good starts in a row, this one against a pretty weak Padres offense. I’m far from being convinced that he has what it takes to be a solid back-end rotation guy. I like his stuff, but when he starts grooving that sinker down the middle, and hanging his curve ball… it gets pretty ugly. And in order to warrant legitimate Maddux comparisons, he is going to have to be really good, for a really long time. If he can have 5 or 6 seasons with a sub-3.00 ERA, greater than 15 wins, throwing over 200 innings a year, then the comparisons can start. They still won’t be warranted, but they can start.