The second half gets underway today, and Paul Maholm will look to continue a nice stretch of outings. Someone in the comments – sorry for the lack of a name – recently compared the next few week stretch to the playoffs, as far as the Cubs are concerned. Every game matters a great deal for trade purposes, and especially those games started by Maholm, Ryan Dempster, and Matt Garza.

Game Info

Arizona Diamondbacks (42-43) at Chicago Cubs (33-52), 1:20pm CT on CSN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

The Game Thread lives here. You should participate in the madness. And, of course, for those who aren’t into message board-style game threads, please feel free to use the comments on this post for your in-game commentary/outbursts.

The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Ian Kennedy (6-7, 4.26 ERA, 3.58 FIP)


Paul Maholm (6-6, 4.57 ERA, 4.51 FIP)

Arizona Diamondbacks Lineup

1. Willie Bloomquist, 3B

2. Aaron Hill, 2B

3. Justin Upton, RF

4. Jason Kubel, LF

5. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B

6. Miguel Montero, C

7. Chris Young, CF

8. Stephen Drew, SS

9. Ian Kennedy, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Bryan LaHair, RF

6. Geovany Soto, C

7. Darwin Barney, 2B

8. Luis Valbuena, 3B

9. Paul Maholm, P

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