Ok. Divorcing mind from Dempster madness for a minute. Today, Paul Maholm returns to the team that reared him. taking on the Pirates. He’s been crazy hot of late, and I would imagine a number of scouting eyes will be on him tonight.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (39-56) at Pittsburgh Pirates (54-41), 6:05pm 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

Paul Maholm (8-6, 4.09 ERA, 4.22 FIP)


James McDonald (10-3, 2.93 ERA, 3.47 FIP)

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Drew Sutton, LF

2. Neil Walker, 2B

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Garrett Jones, RF

5. Casey McGehee, 1B

6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B

7. Rod Barajas, C

8. Clint Barmes, SS

9. James McDonald, 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

  • Aaron

    Here’s to Maholm pitching well and helping us to change the direction of the trade talks as of late…

  • EQ76

    Somehow the game seems overshadowed by all the Demp-drama.

  • MightyBear

    Here’s to Maholm pitching well and then getting traded and getting good prospects back. No 10-5 here.

  • Picklenose

    no more braves,
    no more dodgers,
    no more empty
    Dempster offers!

    Lets enjoy the game, Go Cubs (with apologies to Alice Cooper)

  • Doug

    the way this week is going I fully expect Paul’s arm to fall off tonight.

  • HawkClone

    So Muskat says Garza isn’t pitching at all this weekend now either…

  • nkniacc13

    With the Cubs having an option on Maholm Id kinda like to see him stay unless they get blown away for a trade

    • Jackalope

      Nice play by the FO to get that option. Maholm tearing it up tonight.

  • Whiteflag

    Nice…double by the Dejesus. Cubs have been playing some quality baseball of late. Hopefully, it’s a sign of better things to come.

  • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

    Paul Maholm and cash for Randall Delgado :)

    • Whiteflag

      unlikely, but that would be sweet. :)

    • Internet Random

      Mike Quade for Josh Hamilton and circa-1968 Bob Gibson.

  • nkniacc13

    I really hope that with the Cubs having that option that they don’t look to trade him basically for players to add depth in the minors that they get a couple decent prospects out of any deal for him

  • Whiteflag

    Cubs Win!