Results tagged ‘ Paul Maholm ’

7/27 Extra bases

The Cubs open a three-game series against the Cardinals on Friday at Wrigley Field, which also is Ron Santo Day. Ceremonies are expected to begin around 1 p.m. CT. As of now, Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza are both still on the roster.

* Since making his Cubs debut June 26, Anthony Rizzo is first among NL rookies with a .323 batting average, is tied for first with five home runs, and second in RBIs with 12.

* Alfonso Soriano is one home run away from his 11th 20-homer season. One more, and he’ll join Andre Dawson as the only players to hit 20 or more home runs in each of their first six seasons with the Cubs.

* In case you missed it, here are the pitching matchups for this weekend:

Friday: LHP Travis Wood (4-5, 4.33) vs. RHP Lance Lynn (12-4, 3.10)

Saturday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (7-8, 4.25) vs. RHP Joe Kelly (1-3, 2.78)

Sunday: LHP Paul Maholm (9-6, 3.88) vs. RHP Adam Wainwright (8-10, 4.31)

– Carrie Muskat

 

7/25 Pitching matchups

After an off day Thursday, the Cubs play host to the Cardinals on Friday, and can only hope for a better outcome than last weekend when they were swept in St. Louis. Here are the pitching matchups:

Friday: LHP Travis Wood (4-5, 4.33) vs. RHP Lance Lynn (12-4, 3.10)

Saturday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (7-8, 4.25) vs. RHP Joe Kelly (1-3, 2.78)

Sunday: LHP Paul Maholm (9-6, 3.88) vs. RHP Adam Wainwright (8-10, 4.31)

– Carrie Muskat

7/24 Cubs lineup

While we wait for Ryan Dempster to make up his mind, here’s Tuesday’s lineup vs. the Pirates:

DeJesus CF

Castro SS

Rizzo 1B

Soriano LF

LaHair RF

Soto C

Barney 2B

Valbuena 3B

Maholm P

– Carrie Muskat

7/24 Extra bases

* Monday’s 2-0 win was the Cubs’ eighth shutout, third-most in the National League behind the Giants (11) and Mets (10).

* Paul Maholm takes the mound Tuesday night. He is 4-0 with a 0.92 ERA in his last four starts, and has thrown at least six innings with one or no runs in each outing. Since 1918, no Cubs left-hander has gone five straight starts with at least six innings pitched while giving up one or fewer runs in each outing.

* With Jeff Beliveau making his Major League debut on Sunday, the Cubs now have used 42 players, second-most in the NL. Of those, 11 are rookies.

– Carrie Muskat

 

7/19 Cubs lineup

The Cubs face former White Sox ace Mark Buehrle in the series finale against the Marlins. Paul Maholm enters with a 3-0 record and 0.81 ERA in his last four outings dating to June 29. Today, he will try to record a career-high four-game winning streak for the fourth time, and for the second time this season. He also did so April 21-May 9. Here’s the lineup:

Johnson CF

Castro SS

Rizzo 1B

Soriano LF

Baker RF

Soto C

Barney 2B

Valbuena 3B

Maholm P

– Carrie Muskat

7/15 Cubs vs. Marlins

Carlos Zambrano will not start this week when the Cubs play host to the Marlins in a three-game series, starting Tuesday. Here are the pitching matchups:

Tuesday: LHP Travis Wood (4-3, 3.05) vs.RHP Anibal Sanchez (4-6, 4.12)

Wednesday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (6-8, 4.71) vs. RHP Josh Johnson (5-6, 4.28)

Thursday: LHP Paul Maholm (7-6, 4.33) vs. LHP Mark Buehrle (8-8, 3.25)

– Carrie Muskat

 

7/15 Extra bases

* On Saturday, Ryan Dempster earned his career-best, fifth-straight win, tossing six scoreless innings. Dempster extended his scoreless-innings streak to 33 dating to his start June 5 vs. the Twins. It’s the longest scoreless-innings streak by a Cubs starter since Ken Holtzman also tossed 33 scoreless innings in 1969. Dempster’s scoreless-innings streak is one of only four streaks to reach 33 IP in the last 95 seasons of Cubs baseball dating to 1918 (also, Bill Lee 37 IP & 35 IP in 1938; Holtzman 33 IP in 1969).  The 33 scoreless innings are a career high for Dempster, surpassing his previous mark of 30 1/3 set between the 2005-06 seasons as a reliever.

* The Cubs head into Sunday’s game riding a season-high five-game win streak at home. The Cubs now are 21-20 at Wrigley, moving above the .500 mark at home for the first time since they were 6-5 following play, April 23, 2011.

* Reed Johnson (2-for-4, 2B) is batting .563 (9-for-16) since July 5 at Atlanta.

* Darwin Barney (1-for-3, 2B, R, RBI) extended his errorless streak at second base to 74 games and 597 1/3 innings since his last miscue (4/17 @ MIA – 8th inn.).

* Carlos Marmol has converted his last eight save opportunities dating to May 2 at Cincinnati.

* With Saturday’s win clinching a series victory over the D-Backs, the Cubs are unbeaten in their last five series (4-0-1 dating to June 25-27 vs. the Mets) for the first time since September 9-25, 2008 (4-0-1).

* The Cubs are 11-4 in the last 15 games and 27-15 record when scoring four or more runs. They also are 5-1 in the last six games and 6-2 in the last eight against left-handed starting pitchers dating to June 25 vs. the Mets.

* Friday notes: Alfonso Soriano (4-for-4, 2 2B, 2 HR, 3 R, 5 RBI) recorded his 30th-career, multi-homer game and his second of 2012 (also, June 8 vs. Twins). Soriano has totaled 149 homers as a member of the Cubs, surpassing Mark Grace for sole possession of 13th place on the club’s all-time list. Soriano’s five RBI tied his career high (it is the seventh time he has accomplished the feat, most recently Sept. 6, 2008 vs. the Reds).

* Paul Maholm earned his third-straight win on Friday. He is 3-0 with a 0.81 ERA in four appearances (three starts) since June 29.

– Carrie Muskat

7/7 Looking ahead

Dale Sveum had his post All-Star break rotation scribbled on a piece of paper on his desk Saturday:

Friday, July 13: RHP Ryan Dempster

Saturday, July 14: LHP Paul Maholm

Sunday, July 15: RHP Matt Garza

Monday, July 16: OFF

Tuesday, July 17: LHP Travis Wood

Wednesday, July 18: RHP Jeff Samardzija

– Carrie Muskat

 

7/4 Cubs lineup

The All-Star Game is considered the halfway mark in the season, but Wednesday is the Cubs’ official midway point. It’s game No. 81 of the season. Chicago has won six of its last eight games, it’s best eight-game stretch since Sept. 4-12, 2011. The Fourth of July hasn’t been kind. The Cubs have lost 11 of their last 13 games on the holiday. Paul Maholm takes the mound as the Cubs try to bounce back against the Braves. Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus CF

Castro SS

Rizzo 1B

Soriano LF

LaHair RF

Soto C

Barney 2B

Valbuena 3B

Maholm P

Extra bases:

* Tony Campana is second in the Major Leagues with 25 stolen bases, yet has played 57 games. He’s topped his season total of 24 set last year, and is one of three Cubs since 2000 to reach 25 steals before the All-Star break. The list includes Eric Young (27) in 2000 and Juan Pierre (30) in ’06.

* James Russell has a 2.28 ERA in 99 games out of the bullpen since the start of the 2011 season. It’s the second-lowest mark by a NL left-hander in that span.

* Matt Garza (4-6, 4.01 ERA) closes the series on Thursday against lefty Mike Minor (4-6, 6.20 ERA).

– Carrie Muskat

6/29 Extra bases

* In his 200th career start, Paul Maholm gave up four hits over 8 1/3 innings, walked one and struck out six. He’s 5-1 in nine games in which he’s gone at least six innings.

* Steve Clevenger hit his first Major League home run, a two-run shot to right.

* The Cubs have won five straight series opening games at Wrigley Field. They also are 21-15 when scoring four or more runs.

– Carrie Muskat

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