Tagged: Paul Maholm

June 1 – 4; @ Giants – Series Preview

San Francisco Giants Logo - Giants script in front of orange stiched baseball

Finally the Cubs have a reason to feel good about themselves as they are coming off a three game sweep over the Padres.  Hopefully they use that sweep to carry some momentum across the Country and into San Francisco as  the Cubs take on the Giants in a four game set.  In order for the Cubs to be successful they need more of the patience they exhibited in the series finale against the Padres.  The deeper hitters get into counts against this very good pitching staff the better off they will be.  The Giants come into this series with the 4th best ERA in the National League at 3.38.  On the plus side the Giants have some trouble scoring runs as they are tied for 10th in NL with 204 runs.

The Cubs will miss Tim Lincecum, but that might be a bad thing as he has been probably the worst Giants starter this year.  Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain head up the 2012 rotation and the quicker the Cubs get those two out of the game the better.  As I mentioned, the Giants are struggling to score runs, a big reason is the absence of Pablo Sandoval at third, they are a much different offense without him.  The Cubs pitchers need to pound the zone and use the ballpark to their advantage, the quicker the outs the better, if they can do that I don’t think a split is out of the question.  Full preview/breakdown after the jump.

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New Way to Reach Same Result, Cubs Drop 11th Straight

No matter how the game is going right now, Cubs fans and players alike are just expecting the worst and once again the Cubs delivered.  Rafael Dolis buried a 2-2 sinker into the ribs of the “dangerous” Matt Hague with the bases loaded to give the Pirates the win.  Common theme during this streak and really the whole year, the Cubs never allow themselves to get beat, they beat themselves.  Once again an opponent was trying to give up an out with a sac bunt in the ninth and Dolis couldn’t get a pitch close enough to the strike zone for the hitter to offer at it and he walked him.  The inning would have been much different with McCutchen up with one out and a guy at second instead of 1st and 2nd and no outs.  Anyway, Paul Maholm struggled with his command but battled his way through five innings in his return to Pittsburgh settling for a no decision.  Alfonso Soriano was 1-for-4 at the plate with his 5th home run of the season, his solo shot brought the Cubs back to within one in the 4th inning.  Starlin Castro was 1-for-4 at the plate as well with a big two-out RBI triple in the 5th inning to tie the game at two.  Unfortunately for the Cubs they only managed six hits, and couldn’t string anything together, one thing they are good at stringing together is losses, the streak now sits at 11.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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May 26, 2012 – Lineups!

Paul Maholm faces a familiar foe as he takes the mound for his 97th career start at PNC Park, and he will end the Cubs 10 game losing streak tonight, book it.  Here are the lineups!

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Jose Tabata, LF
2. Josh Harrison, RF
3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
4. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
5. Neil Walker, 2B
6. Matt Hague, 1B
7. Rod Barajas, C
8. Clint Barmes
9. Kevin Correia, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF
2. Starlin Castro, SS
3. Joe Mather, CF
4. Bryan LaHair, 1B
5. Alfonso Soriano, LF
6. Ian Stewart, 3B
7. Darwin Barney, 2B
8. Blake Lalli, C
9. Paul Maholm, P

 

Thanks, go Cubs!
– George

Sox Sweep Cubs, Thanks to Cubs Offense

 

On a day when a little leaguer, a small one, could have hit a ball out of Wrigley the Cubs managed no runs on five hits en route to their sixth straight loss.  Not only that, but they were swept by the Sox at home, which is pretty much the low point of the season.  The Cubs were outscored 15-6 in the series and really had no shot yesterday or today.  Paul Maholm looked good early on but couldn’t keep the ball down the longer the game went, couple that with the wind blowing straight out and that equals a disaster.  Maholm went 6 and 1/3rd while giving up five runs on nine hits, he was tagged with the loss which drops him to 4-3 on the season.

The Cubs approach at the plate was better, but still not good enough.  Waytoo many times hitters are going to the plate with one thing on their mind, swing.  It doesn’t matter if the pitch is a strike, the situation doesn’t matter either.  Bryan LaHair had one of his better games in the last week as he went 1-for-2 with two walks, that was basically it.  The Cubs left the bases loaded twice towards the end of the game which just made the outcome that much more aggravating.  Dale Sveum said he will make some lineup changes moving forward because of the lack of offense, that’s all well and good, but if the Cubs approach doesn’t change neither will the outcome.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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May 20, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. White Sox

Please don’t get swept, that is all.  Wind is blowing straight out, it’s in the mid 80’s, it could get crazy today.  Let’s hope Jake Peavy doesn’t need his pacifier today, because he’s been rather cranky lately.  Go Cubs!

DeJesus – RF
Campana – CF
Castro – SS
LaHair- 1B
Soriano – LF
Stewart – 3B
Cardenas – 2B
Hill – C
Maholm – P

Thanks,
– George

Same Old Late Inning Story for Cubs

Saying it’s getting old might be a little bit of an understatement for this Cubs team.  Yet another scrappy effort, and a late inning lead fall by the wayside as the cubs bullpen can’t hold a lead once again.  Same crap, different day for Kerry Wood as he was the culprit once again.  Wood started the 7th inning by walking Furcal on four straight pitches, none of which were close.  As is the case so often lead off walks in the late innings usually come back to haunt you, and it did, as the Cardinals put together a rally to tie the game at five.  A Matt Carpenter home run in the 8th inning off of James Russell looked like the final nail in the Cubs coffin. 

Alfonso Soriano said not so fast as he launched an 0-1 fastball from Jason Motte over the right centerfield wall for his first home run of the season to tie the game at six.  The excitement was short-lived however as the Cardinals were able to push across a run in the bottom of the ninth of Dolis to win the game 7-6.  The Cubs, specifically Ian Stewart didn’t make it easy on the Cardinals as he flashed some major leather in the 9th in an effort to extend the game, unfortunately Yadier Molina had the last laugh.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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May 15, 2012 – Lineups!

What a beautiful day for a sweep, I don’t care if it’s two games or not, I want a sweep.  Paul Maholm takes the ball and looks to continue the dominance that he has displayed over his last four starts (4-0).  Opposing him will be Kyle Lohse who just seems to just win ever since he came to the Cardinals.  Early start today 12:45 PM CST, here are the lineups.  Go Cubs!

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
– George