Paul Maholm's 2011 second-half struggles carried over to his first start
After the All-Star break last year, Maholm was 0-5 with a 5.75 ERA, and it appears his ongoing control problems carried over to this season, too.
Maholm had trouble finding the strike zone in the first inning, which prompted a quick 5-0 deficit for the Cubs. He lasted only four innings while giving up six runs on six hits.
While playing for the Pirates for seven seasons, he surpassed double-digit victories only once. Don't expect Maholm to get near double-digit victories this season, especially when the Cubs could appear to be the less superior team than the Pirates this year.
Oh, how the mighty have quickly fallen.
Rodrigo Lopez had a strong debut
In his bid to make his name mentioned as a possible fourth or fifth starter, Lopez pitched two solid innings. It would not be surprising if we see Lopez sent down to the minors to be eased in as a starter later this season.
Bryan LaHair will not start everyday
Jeff Baker started in place of LaHair a day after he hit his massive moon shot home run to right field. It is apparent the Cubs will platoon both Baker and LaHair at first base, even though the Cubs management made it known LaHair was going to be their everyday first basemen.
Ian Stewart needs a 5-hour ENERGY
With Aramis Ramirez playing up North and his power out of the Cubs lineup, Stewart needs to wake up fast to help his team produce some runs. Everyone knew Stewart was not going to be able to duplicate the numbers Ramirez did, but it would be nice to see him hit more than his weight.
It is going to be a long season
No offense. No stars. No fourth and fifth starter. No bullpen. It is going to be a very long season.
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