Last night's rainout pushed Randy Johnson's first attempt at win number 300 to this afternoon. If history is any guide, however, we shouldn't hold our breath for history to be made today:
Crossing that bridge from 299 wins to 300 has not been easy for the pitchers who have reached the milestone most recently. The last six - Phil Niekro, Don Sutton, Nolan Ryan, Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine - all needed between two and five starts to get 300. Clemens and Ryan were hammered for eight and seven runs, respectively, in their first tries.
Tom Seaver was the last to win 299 and 300 in consecutive starts when, pitching for the White Sox in 1985, he won at Boston on July 30 then defeated the Yankees in New York on Aug. 4. Only four of the 11 300-game winners in the last 50 years have achieved it in one try.
I'm hoping for history to hold. Not because I hate Randy Johnson or love the Nats or anything, but because, if he doesn't get it tonight, his next start looks to be either next Tuesday or Wednesday in Arizona, where the Big Unit happens to have some history. As I mentioned in the previous post, history matters to me, so I'd much rather see it being made in front of a full house of people with fond memories of Randy Johnson rather than some sparsely attended front end of a doubleheader in D.C.