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

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