In Paul Maholm’s first two starts of the season, he gave up six runs in each game. In his last four starts, he’s given up a total of three runs. How do you feel when heading out to the mound to start for the Cubs, Mr. Maholm?
“Whenever I take the ball I’m going to expect to go deep into the game and let the defense pick me up and win games,” Maholm said. “Whether you’re the No. 1 or the No. 5, the day you pitch is your day. You’re the No. 1 guy and you have to get the job done. I think the last four games I’ve pitched well.”
We also think the last four games you’ve pitched well. Should we expect you to keep up this Sandy Koufax streak all year?
“I’m going to have another rough outing at some point; it’s part of baseball,” Maholm said. “But I’m going to ride this as long as I possibly can and hopefully for a good while. I’ll keep getting after it and expect to win games.”
I think that’s a perfectly reasonable attitude. And Dale Sveum, what do you have to say about the starting rotation so far this season?
“Going into the season we knew that it’d be one of our strong suits and up to this point it’s been probably as good as anybody’s in baseball for the most part,” Sveum said. “We’ve had 30 games, whatever we’ve played, we’ve had a lot of quality starts and guys going six, seven, seven-plus consistently. Even some of the tough outings we had, the pitchers ended up settling down and getting six innings out of it too. Starting pitching has been great.”
Now we just need someone to get Chris Volstad to start pitching like a real major leaguer…
Remember when Dale Sveum didn’t see Kerry Wood throw his glove and hat into the stands Tuesday night? That doesn’t mean he approves of this behavior. It also doesn’t mean that he really cares.
‘‘Do I care? Of course, I care,’’ Sveum said. ‘‘I don’t condone it or wish it to happen all the time, but we all know in this game there’s frustrations that happen.
‘‘And sometimes we regret things we do, that’s for sure. We’re not perfect human beings.’’
He says he cares, but I have a feeling he really doesn’t. I have a feeling he cares more about Kerry’s inability to pitch effectively.
‘‘We’ve got to get him out there,’’ Sveum said. ‘‘We’ve got to get him built up and comfortable on the mound in game situations, whether it’s every other day for a little while.’’