Game Thirty-Six: Cubs (15-20) vs. Cardinals (20-15)
Game Time – 12:45pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 185/914
Location – Busch Stadium, St. Louis
Paul Maholm (4-2, 4.05/1.08) vs. Kyle Lohse (5-1, 2.08/1.02)
Updated 11:07am CDT – Cubs Signed Mike MacDougal to a Minor League Contract
The Cubs short, five-game trip to Milwaukee and St. Louis comes to an end today with the finale against the Cardinals. The Cubs are 2-2 and have a chance this afternoon to not only finish the trip with a winning record but post their first three-game winning streak of the season.
During his pre-game show Monday, Dale Sveum mentioned he would likely give Bryan LaHair and Geovany Soto the day off this afternoon. Sveum explained that LaHair could probably use a breather … but that was before Bryan LaHair went 3-for-4 with a walk, two RBI, a stolen base and hit his ninth longball of the season.
Today all starts with Paul Maholm … After his last outing, Paul Maholm became the first Cubs’ lefty since Ken Holtzman in 1969 to have four straight games of six-plus innings and no more than one earned run allowed … but he faces a tough task this afternoon in the St. Louis Cardinals.
Paul Maholm threw seven innings of shutout ball against the Braves in his last start. Atlanta hit into the shift seemingly all afternoon and Maholm surrendered just three hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Maholm is an impressive 2-0 in his last two starts with a 0.69 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP.
The Cardinals have already had their way with Paul Maholm this season. In his second start of the year, Maholm gave up six runs on six hits in four innings to the Redbirds in St. Louis. Maholm owns a career mark of 4-7 in 16 starts with a 4.13 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP … at Busch Stadium, 1-2 in four starts with a 4.63 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.
Cardinals Career Numbers against Paul Maholm
- Carlos Beltran – 9-for-21 with two doubles, two home runs and two walks
- Lance Berkman – 7-for-34 with a double and four walks
- Matt Carpenter – 2-for-2
- Allen Craig – 4-for-9 with two doubles and a home run
- Daniel Descalso – 0-for-1
- David Freese – 2-for-8 with a home run and a walk
- Rafael Furcal – 9-for-22 with four doubles, a home run and a walk
- Tyler Greene – 2-for-9 with a double
- Matt Holliday – 4-for-26 with two home runs and three walks
- Jon Jay – 1-for-8 with a triple
- Kyle Lohse – 0-for-2
- Yadier Molina – 10-for-30 with a double, a home run and five walks
- Skip Schumaker – 0-for-3
The St. Louis Cardinals had 20 wins entering this series … and Kyle Lohse is responsible for a quarter of those victories. Lohse has posted five wins in his first seven starts but has not completed more than five innings in each of his last two outings.
Kyle Lohse held the Diamondbacks in Arizona to one run on seven hits with a walk and three strikeouts in his last starts. After posting a 4-0 record in his first five starts with a 1.62 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP, Lohse is 1-1 in his last two with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP.
The Cubs picked Kyle Lohse in the 29th round of the 1996 draft then traded him to the Twins on May 21, 1999 along with Jason Ryan for Rick Aguilera and Scott Downs.
Kyle Lohse will make his first start of the season against the Cubs and is 2-4 in 13 career starts with a 5.48 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP … last season, 1-0 in three starts with a 2.55 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Kyle Lohse
- Jeff Baker – 1-for-5
- Darwin Barney – 2-for-8
- Tony Campana – 2-for-3
- Starlin Castro – 2-for-11
- David DeJesus – 8-for-16 with a triple, a home run and a walk
- Reed Johnson – 3-for-9 with a walk
- Bryan LaHair – 2-for-3
- Paul Maholm – 0-for-2
- Alfonso Soriano – 17-for-44 with three doubles, three home runs and two walks
- Geovany Soto – 6-for-18 with three doubles and a walk
- Ian Stewart – 0-for-3 with two walks
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