Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Pirates – 05/26/12

Game Forty-Six: Cubs (15-30) vs. Pirates (21-24)
Game Time – 6:15pm CDT
Coverage – TV: FOX Saturday Baseball – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 185/914
Location – PNC Park, Pittsburgh

Paul Maholm (4-3, 4.73/1.20) vs. Kevin Correia (1-5, 4.50/1.24)

The last time the Cubs posted a victory was May 14. The Cubs topped the Cardinals 6-4 with Shawn Camp getting the win for the second day in a row and Rafael Dolis picking up his fourth save. The Cubs improved to 15-20 with the win … but that was then and tonight the Cubs will shoot to end their 10-game skid behind Paul Maholm.

Paul Maholm will face the team that selected him in the first round of the 2003 draft (eighth overall pick) for the first time. Maholm pitched six full seasons for the Pirates after making his debut in 2005. Maholm said he is looking forward to pitching against the Bucs … and one thing is for sure, his new team needs him to step up and beat his old team tonight.

Not only does Dale Sveum need a solid start from Paul Maholm, he could also use a couple of crooked numbers from his offense, and not just in the hit column. The Cubs have scored runs in only four of the last 56 innings … but have outhit their opponents in each of the last four games. Injuries have not helped but most of the struggles are due to not making adjustments and simply taking what the pitcher is giving them. Following Friday’s loss, Alfonso Soriano said they are “trying” too much … and he’s right.

Ian Stewart’s status is unknown for tonight’s game. After receiving three days off, Stewart was in Friday’s starting lineup but was scratched after feeling discomfort in his left wrist. Stewart injured the same wrist last season and has been dealing with soreness in the wrist all year. If Stewart cannot go tonight, it would be better for the team for Joe Mather to fill in at third.

The last time the Cubs had a double-digit losing streak was when the ’97 team began the year 0-14.

Tonight it all begins with Paul Maholm

Paul Maholm has dropped off in his last two starts following a string of four straight that he was just about as good as it gets. Maholm is coming off a loss to the White Sox in which he allowed five runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings. The first three runs he allowed were on three long, solo home runs. Maholm started running out of gas in the seventh and the Sox took advantage.

Even with struggling in his last two starts (nine runs on 16 hits with three walks and ten strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings, 6.57 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP) Maholm is 2-1 in his last four starts with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.

Maholm has struggled mightily outside of Wrigley Field this season (1-1 in three starts with a 6.06 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP) but should feel right at home tonight at PNC Park. Maholm posted a 35-31 record in 96 starts at PNC with a 3.80 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.

Pirates Career Numbers against Paul Maholm

  • Rod Barajas – 3-for-5 with a double and a walk
  • Clint Barmes – 13-for-27 with three doubles, a triple, two home runs and three walks
  • Kevin Correia – 1-for-5
  • Casey McGehee – 6-for-20 with a triple, a home run and four walks

Kevin Correia is in the middle of a rough stretch of outings. Correia has not posted a win since April 15 (in San Francisco) and has lost his last five games. The Tigers scored three runs on four hits with no walks and two strikeouts in six innings against Correia in his last start.

In his last four outings, Correia is 0-4 with a 6.46 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP … he started the year 1-1 in his first four starts with a 2.42 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP.

Kevin Correia has continued to struggle at PNC Park this season. Correia was 2-8 in 13 home starts last season with a 7.71 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP (10-3 in 14 away games with a 2.64 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP) and is 0-2 in three home starts already this year with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.

Kevin Correia is 3-4 in 12 career games, eight starts, against the Cubs with a 6.28 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP … last season, 2-2 in four starts with a 7.11 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Kevin Correia

  • Jeff Baker – 2-for-6 with a home run
  • Darwin Barney – 6-for-13 with a double
  • Tony Campana – 0-for-3
  • Starlin Castro – 6-for-11 with a double
  • David DeJesus – 1-for-2 with a walk
  • Koyie Hill – 1-for-7
  • Reed Johnson – 0-for-1
  • Paul Maholm – 1-for-3
  • Alfonso Soriano – 4-for-16 with a home run
  • Ian Stewart – 2-for-9 with a double, a home run and three walks

Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball …

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    DeJesus-RF
    Castro-SS
    Mather-CF
    LaHair-1B
    Soriano-LF
    Stewart-3B
    Barney-2B
    Lalli-C
    Maholm-P

  • Brp921

    The Cubs will win tonight!

    • cubtex

      One of these days it is bound to happen :-D

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Iowa Cubs placed Jeff Beliveau (shoulder) & Blake DeWitt on DL. Cubs signed IF Diory Hernandez and he joined Minor League team

  • Ripsnorter1

    Neil.

    Thanks for mentioning that 1997 Cubs team that started the season 0-14. 
    They won 68 games that year, and I think that may be 3 more than they will win this year. 

  • cubsron10

    Javier Baez just got assigned to Peoria.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Easy first inning for Correia …1-2-3 on 11 pitches

  • Ripsnorter1

    ESPN’s Insider Edge report on LaHair’s Batting Average:

    .344 on fastballs.167 on curveballs
    .111 on sliders.

    • cubtex

      It is obvious that he cannot hit pitches that have movement. Can’t hit lefties either.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Blake DeWitt on DL with sprained left wrist. Injured diving for ball in OF for Iowa. Was examined by Cubs docs in Chicago
     

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Clevenger homered

    • CubsTalk

      it is only Iowa minor league baseball Neil……don’t get too excited.

  • CubsTalk

    What is this Reds trade talk of Dempster & Stewart going to the Reds for prospects?    Who are we getting if this trade happens?

    • BosephHeyden

       That’s very, very unlikely.  It’s not being discussed through any of the
      usual trade outlets, and sending a quality starter and a quality
      defensive third baseman to a division rival is insane unless you’re
      getting at least one of their best prospects in return.

      • CubsTalk

        this is what I thought also…..teams only trade within their division in the off season……I am not big of who are the major prospects today, but I did hear that Royals, Rays, Rangers, & Dodgers have very good prospects…….

        Both SI and Phil Rogers say the Cubs will be major sellers sooner than latter…..

        OMG…the Cubs are losing again..

      • paulcatanese

        I don’t know about that, didn’t Dempster just sell his home?
        And didn’t the Cubs trade Marshall to the Reds?

        I would not like to see it happen,but have a feeling its about to. Trading for prospects unless they are in the Rizzo caliber is just treading water for the Cubs, and pushes winning off another couple of years.
        (when I say Rizzo quality, I mean someone that at least has a chance soon) Didn’t mean they would have to hit 17 HR as soon as the Cubs get him.

  • CubsTalk

    An announcer on the Reds radio station is saying the Cubs and Reds are looking at a big trade in the works.

    Is this talked about anywhere?

  • CubsTalk

    Phil Rogers is saying Miami is a good place for Reed Johnson…..

  • CubsTalk

    Tonight’s poll question is…..

    When will the Cubs losing streak ends?

    A – Tonight
    B – After they drop 15 in a row
    C – After they drop 20 in a row
    D – Cubs will never win another game this season

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano with a solo homer … #5

  • Ripsnorter1

    Paul,

    Castro triples in a run. 

    That’s an RBI.  LOL

    • paulcatanese

      Yeah, well my OX tail soup is pretty good:)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with a hit with a runner in scoring position

  • RynoTiger

    Listach is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t send the runner in that position.

    Odds have been that the Cubs don’t drive in any of those runs if it was 1 out and runners on 2B and 3B. 

    Yet he has a slow catcher running. 

    No win situation for Listach.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo hit #17 tonight

    • CubsTalk

      that’s great…..but these HR’s don’t matter due to the fact they are being hit in Iowa!

      • bpot92

        Neil is just updating the minor league players of note who may be up soon of those of us who want to be updated…

  • Ripsnorter1

    Pujols with #7 and now hitting .233.

    ChiSox’s Viciedo nailed his 10th HR today. 

  • Ripsnorter1

    Dolis isn’t ready to close, either.

    Marmol will get his job back, or else, Shawn Camp becomes your closer!

  • brent carmona

    The number of ways to lose a game….seems the cubs have an infinite number of ways.

    • CubsTalk

      Paul Simon has a new song coming out…its called….”50 Ways to Lose a Cubs Game”

      • Calicub

        blow the save dave
        bobble the ball Paul
        walk in a run hun

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 3-2 to Pirates Saturday night

    Paul Maholm: 2R, 4H, 5BB (IBB), 2K, 5IP;
    Starlin Castro: 1-for-4, 3B, RBI; Alfonso Soriano: 1-for-4, HR; David DeJesus: 1-for-3, 2B, R, BB

    Rafael Dolis hit Matt Hague with the bases loaded in the ninth to force in the winning run.
     

    • Bredstik

      For what it’s worth, I totally called the walk off hit by pitch…

  • CubsTalk

    We have not hit the bottom yet on this team!