I don’t compare anyone to Greg Maddux. But no Braves pitcher has come as close to the sustained excellence of Mad Dog as JJ in 2011. Consider:
He’s pitched into the 7th in all but one start and hasn’t given up more than two earned runs or walked more than two in any of his outings. His only loss was in a 2-1 game; two of his seven wins have come against the Phillies.
Sunday, with two of the Braves’ best relievers unable to go, JJ nearly went the distance. He could have easily gone nine.