Paul Maholm is trying to win his sixth straight start, which is pretty crazy. Over that stretch, his ERA is under 1.00,and teams assuredly have to be taking notice. Then again, the Cubs have a $6.5 million option on him for 2013, so maybe the Cubs are, themselves, taking notice.

Game Info

St. Louis Cardinals (54-47) at Chicago Cubs (41-58), 1:20pm CT on WGN.

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

Adam Wainwright (8-10, 4.31 ERA, 3.19 FIP)


Paul Maholm (9-6, 3.88 ERA, 4.16 FIP)

St. Louis Cardinals Lineup

1. Daniel Descalso, SS

2. Allen Craig, RF

3. Matt Holliday, LF

4. Carlos Beltran, CF

5. Yadier Molina, C

6. David Freese, 3B

7. Matt Carpenter, 1B

8. Nick Greene, 2B

9. Adam Wainwright, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David JeJesus, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Bryan LaHair, RF

6. Steve Clevenger, C

7. Darwin Barney, 2B

8. Luis Valbuena, 3B

9. Paul Maholm, P

  • Cee-Dee-Vee

    Ahh Valbuena over and over. Why can’t Cardenas get called up and learn how to play some 3rd. If not then Vitters should be called up and get some experience. Nothing is being gained with Valbuena at 3rd.

    • Mitch Bruns

      Agreed. This experiment needs to end, sadly I would rather see baker at third even.

      • RoughRiider

        For the same reason that Rizzo wan’t called up utill later in the season. Vitters will probably be called up around the middle of August. Assuming he continues to hit as wll as he has.

    • Carew

      I personally find Valbuena to be an acceptable 8-hitter. Hits it hard and seems to be clutch with some pop. The average aint good but ill take everything else. He will wind up bein a good utility guy eventually

      • Jody

        You don’t see many corner infielders batting 8th though. That should be a run producing position.

  • True(ly) Blue

    It was great to see Campana used correctly in yesterday’s game. Pinch run, steal a base, advance to third, get home on a surprise bunt. What a weapon he could be if he could get on base. There was a center fielder about 20 years ago for the Braves (?) who had 20 to 25 drag bunt hits a year. (I wish I could remember his name.) Can’t Campana learn how to bunt more effectively? I hope that Theo and Jed get something done today and tomorrow just to make all fans feel better about the FO. Have they also succumbed to a chronic Cub failing, over valuing their own players?

    • http://Bleachernation Jay

      Was it Otis Nixon??

  • Turn Two

    If we were gonna trade Maholm you’d think it would have been before today. Odd how for 2 years now, we are one of the worst teams in baseball, but our whole team is apparently too good to be traded.

    • Kevin


  • True(ly) Blue

    Not Otis. I think his first name was Paul. It could be that he was not on the Braves also. I just remember that he was the best drag bunter of his time and he would hit (?) 20 drag bunts during each batting practice to keep proficient.

  • Ben Peoria Cub’s Fan

    Brett Butler?

    • Turn Two

      If it’s best bunter of 20 years ago its definitely Butler, if its a great bunter from Atlanta its most certainly Nixon, if its best bunter named Paul from 20 years ago? Good luck.

      • leroy k.

        Paul O’Neil… :) Oh wait you said bunter!

  • art

    Brett Butler was the guy. Hmmm not Otis, not Paul, Richard, yes Richard Nixon, name sounds familiar. kidding. didn’t Butler also play with the Dodgers?

    • leroy k.

      Brett Butler played for the Braves, Indians, Giants, Mets and finished his career with the Dogers in 1997.

  • True(ly) Blue

    At my advanced age (78) the brain cells keep dying. It is Brett Butler! Thank you posters!!!!! I could see him but I couldn’t read the team name on his jersey. I guess what I would wish is that Campana would practice more bunting.

    • http://Bleachernation Jay

      Take lessons from our 2012 bunting tourney champ, David DeJesus…..

  • Jeff1969

    In a variation of Calos Zambrano’s legendry quote, Valbuena? He stink.

  • leroy k.

    Through 7 inning Maholm has only given up 2 hits 😉

  • gutshot5820

    NO TRADES YET? I can’t believe this.

    • leroy k.

      No one is going to get moved. I am putting money down!!!

      • Dumpgobbler

        How much money? Ill put money that at least 3 moves are made, still.

      • gutshot5820

        I don’t care what anybody says. Dream team FO my butt. We were the first team in full sell mode for weeks and they couldn’t find ONE trade partner for anyone on our team? This tells me they are missing opportunities or this FO is misjudging and mistiming this market. I’m burnt out from looking at updates.

        • Carew

          Its not their fault that the players they are trying to trade suck

      • quintz

        You realize that historically 50% of trades happen on the day of the deadline.

        • leroy k.

          yes very much so but after EVERYONE freaked out when one move didn’t happen, I came to realize that thanks to Twitter Every year when this move would happen is now amplified by 150%. I do believe that moves will happen but it will be nothing big. Maybe Reed Johnson, and Camp.

          • gutshot5820

            That would totally stink and would be a complete failure of the FO in my mind. But you are right, Twitter and the internet has amplified the importance of every rumor a sportswriter and blogger wants to write about. It seems they just write stuff to get hits.

            Not BN of course, I love this site. Just would like to see ONE trade done instead of reading about rumors all the time. At least reward me for looking every 4-5 hours to see if a trade is done with ONE actual trade instead of a rumor.

            • quintz

              What if it is a trade you don’t like? That wouldn’t be very rewarding.

              • gutshot5820

                Any trade for something useful for players that will not be here next year is a plus. We will see by Tuesday, but it’s not looking good so far. I like this FO, but even smart guys make mistakes. You can’t just say, I trust this FO to do the right thing. They may have already made some mistakes judging and timing the market.

                • quintz

                  So if you were the GM when Tuesday rolled around and you had no other offers for Dempster you would ship him away for a bag of balls because…”Any trade for something useful for players that will not be here next year is a plus”….

                  The Dodgers are not giving the Cubs what they want for that very reason. They think that come trading deadline the Cubs will blink and take whatever they have to offer. This should explain why 50% of deals get done at the last second.

                  • Pat

                    If I don’t want him back next year and am not planning on making the qualifying offer in order to receive draft pick compensation, then absolutely I trade him for whatever I can get. Even a hundred to one shot is better than nothing, and they can get better than that for him.

                    It won’t be on the level of Delgado, but Dempster was never worth that return in the first place. So while it is unlikely a second team will overpay, they could still certainly get something of value.

  • Jackalope
  • Kevin

    I wouldn’t expect any trades to be announced during the game.

  • HawkClone


  • Jackalope

    Cubs win! Cubs win!

  • Mat B

    If this has been used before, I apologize, if not I’m surprised. That one really Rizzonated around Wrigleyville!

  • Atfinch


  • IAcubbyfan


  • Tom

    Rizzo has joined this team and in just one month become one of its key leaders. I know Theo and Jed aren’t reading this, but a infield of Rizzo, Barney and Castro is a great place to start in building a winner. Garza, Maholm, Samardzija and Russell love them too ! That makes 7 of a very good team in 2014 !!!

    I am on the fence with 4 players like Capana, Clevenger, Valbuena, Wood and DeJesus (if we need a veteran).

    I suggest the following 8 players with value for potential trades, as they will not help us in 2014 — Dempster, Reed Johnson, Baker, Soriano (ONLY if get a prospect back), Camp, Soto, Marmol and LaHair.