Tag:Paul Maholm
Posted on: May 11, 2011 5:33 pm
Edited on: May 11, 2011 5:36 pm
 

On Deck: David Price, AL-best Indians battle

Price
On Deck

By Evan Brunell


BEST GAME: Plenty of storylines here. The Indians will see the return of Carlos Carrasco to the rotation, as he returns to a 4.97 ERA in five starts and will battle the surging Indians who still haven't made believers out of anyone -- and now that Grady Sizemore just might be hobbled by yet another injury, who knows where the Indians will go from here? David Price is hoping that Cleveland can only go down despite going 7-3 in its last 10 games as Price chases his fifth win on the backing of his 3.26 ERA. Rays at Indians, 7:05 p.m. ET (Watch iive)

PEAVY'S BACK: Jake Peavy will make his season debut as the White Sox look to avoid going 14-24 against the Angels, who will counter with rookie Tyler Chatwood. Chatwoord is actually an intriguing rookie, but it's clear that he's not quite ready for prime time yet and the suddenly surging Chicago offense could be in for a big day. Meanwhile, Peavy will hope that his unique surgery keeps him on the mound for the rest of the season. Peavy's last rehab start came Thursday for Triple-A when he coughed up five runs in seven innings (all the runs scoring in the third), but tossed 71 of 100 pitches for strikes. White Sox at Angels, 10:05 p.m. ET (Watch live)

ONE MUST GO UP, ONE MUST GO DOWN: OK, so not necessarily, but probably. Hiroki Kuroda and Paul Maholm will do battle with strikingly similar ERAs, which gets less and less rare the later the season goes on. Kuroda is 3-3 with a 3.69 ERA and Maholm 1-4 with a 3.68 mark. The Pirates are hoping to get back over .500 after losing their one-game edge Tuesday night in a Dodgers rout. Meanwhile, L.A. needs a win to pull within two of .500. Maholm has a hill to climb, as he's never beaten the Dodgers and hosts a career 5.65 ERA in seven starts. Dodgers at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. ET (Watch live)

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Posted on: April 6, 2011 6:24 pm
Edited on: April 6, 2011 6:27 pm
 

Pirates impressive early on


By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Pirates are better than you think.

Is Pittsburgh going to challenge for the NL Central crown? No. Are they going to break their streak of losing seasons? Probably not. But they they will be better this season than they have been in many years and in the next couple of seasons, winning baseball in the Steel City may become a reality.

Pittsburgh has taken two of three from the Cardinals and Cubs to start the season, beating St. Louis 3-1 on Wednesday.

The main reason the Pirates are sitting at 4-2 is they have a legit top of their lineup.

Pittsburgh's top four hitters -- Jose Tabata, Neil Walker, Andrew McCutchen and Lyle Overbay -- are hitting a combined .356/.434/.621 in the team's first games. Walker and McCutchen each have a pair of homers, with Overbay adding another.

That's not a pace the team can sustain, but McCutchen is on the edge of stardom, while Walker and Tabata are good, emerging players. Overbay is the type of player with better results than reputation. A career .274/.358/.447 hitter, he's unlikely to continue hitting .304/..385/.522, but shouldn't fall too far.

Walker's performance as a rookie last season was overshadowed by an historic first-year class, but he still put up a very good season, hitting .296/.349/.462 with 12 home runs in 110 games for his hometown team.  Tabata's prospect status took a hit in the last couple of years, but he too put up solid rookie numbers in 2010, hitting .299/.346/.400 in 102 games.

Add in Pedro Alvarez, Ryan Doumit and Garrett Jones, and there's the making of an effective offense.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Pirates are hitting .271/.333/.409 with six home runs. With that, the Pirates' starters have a 2.52 ERA through six games. That's unlikely to continue in a rotation of Kevin Correia, Paul Maholm, James McDonald, Charlie Morton and Ross Ohlendorf they've pitched well, with Correia picking up two wins so far this season and have made the Pirates anything but a pushover early.

Joel Hanrahan has been the rare closer in the big leagues to convert all of his save chances, recording the save in all four of the PIrates' wins this season.

It should also be noted that all six games have been on the road, where Pittsburgh had an MLB-worst 17-64 record a year ago.

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 6:33 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:56 am
 

R.I.P. Pirates: 18 losing seasons and counting

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Now: the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Oh, Pirates. So sad. But hey, you've got one of the best ballparks in Major League Baseball, maybe one day you'll have a real major league team.

WHAT WENT WRONG

Where to start?

Well, let's avoid the debacle that was the Akinori Iwamura trade, and go straight to the biggest problem.

The Pirates' starting rotation was Paul Maholm, Zach Duke, Jeff Karstens, Ross Ohlendorf and Charlie Morton -- each lost at least 10 games. Now, I know we're smart enough here not to judge a pitcher based solely on his W-L record. But all but Ohlendorf had an ERA+ of 83 or lower. That ain't good.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

James McDonald Several young players showed glimpses of being productive big leaguers in the future. Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata and Neil Walker (pictured, lower right) join Andrew McCutchen as a lineup that can play.

How about the trade of Octavio Dotel and cash to the Dodgers for right-hander James McDonald (pictured, left)? McDonald, 25, started 11 games for the Pirates after the trade and went 4-5 with a 3.52 ERA. McDonald has impressive stuff and is one of the few strikeout pitchers on the roster.

HELP ON THE WAY

Stop me if you've heard this one before, but the Pirates do have some good, young talent. Unfortunately, not much of it is ready for the big leagues.

One of the few that could help soon is Bryan Morris, a 23-year old right-hander who went 6-4 with a 4.25 ERA at Double-A Altoona.

There will certainly be players to watch in the team's minor league system, but it'll be in the lower levels in guys like Jameson Taillon, Stetson Allie and Luis Heredia.

Neil Walker EXPECTATIONS FOR 2011

It's the Pirates, the expectations don't change. There are none besides playing 81 home games.

SUGGESTIONS FOR 2011

Oh, how about this crazy idea. You know that money you get from other teams in revenue sharing? Why not spend it on players? Radical, right?

Now, who do you sign? Right now you go for bargain innings-eaters. Maybe someone like Kevin Millwood or Brad Penny. They're not great, but they can be had and could stick around a little longer.

It's not like Carl Crawford is going to sign in Pittsburgh, but that's not the type of player the Pirates need to target at this point, instead it's filler until the real talent comes along.

2011 PREDICTION

The Pirates will record their 19th consecutive losing season and finish at the bottom of perhaps the weakest division in baseball once again.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 1, 2010 6:13 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2010 6:16 pm
 

Maholm scratched for Pirates

Paul Maholm For the second time in three seasons, the Pirates will go without a double-digit winner on the mound.

Nine-game winner Paul Maholm has been scratched from his start tonight, replaced by Daniel McCutchen.

Maholm has a sore left knee and manager John Russell said it was a precautionary measure. If it had been a "critical" game, Maholm could have gone, of course, the Pirates haven't had a "critical" game since Barry Bonds was the size of a regular person.

"We came to an agreement that there wasn't any need to push it through and make that final start," Maholm told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 's Rob Biertempfel . "Everything is good. It's not a setback or nothing major is wrong with it."

Maholm is 9-15 with a 5.10 ERA. He also led the team with nine wins in 2008.

Last season, Zach Duke and Ross Ohlendorf each had 11 victories, while Maholm had 10 wins in 2007, joining Tom Gorzelanny (14-10) as the team's double-digit winners.

Pittsburgh hasn't had a 15-game winner since 1999, when Todd Ritchie went 15-9.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 4, 2010 11:14 pm
 

Padres seeking starting pitching

Paul Maholm Even though the Padres added a shortstop in Miguel Tejada and an outfielder in Ryan Ludwick at the trade deadline, the team isn't finished adding.

San Diego would prefer to add a starting pitcher to its corps as Mat Latos, Clayton Richard and Wade LeBlanc are in their first fill year starting -- although Richard did grab 26 starts in 2009 and come out of the bullpen in several other appearances. That alone plus the ineffectiveness of Kevin Correia in the fifth spot is enough for GM Jed Hoyer to go looking.

The GM was looking at Paul Maholm (pictured) of the Pirates prior to the trade deadline, but a deal couldn't come to fruition. Now, it's scouring the waiver wire and looking in the minors.

"I think there's a chance but I don't think we can depend on it," Hoyer said of adding a pitcher via trade to MLB.com. "There will be some pitchers out there. But the guys with attractive contracts aren't going to get through."

That leaves the minors. Cory Luebke, a supplemental first-round pick by the Padres in 2007, has reached Triple-A and has a 3.81 ERA in four starts, posting a 22/6 K/BB which is sensational. He had a 2.40 ERA in 56 1/3 innings for Double-A, posting a similar K/BB ratio. He appears the best option for a call-up, as Cesar Carrillo is not exactly lighting it up.

Other options include Radhames Liz, who has big-league starting experience with the Orioles from 2007-08. Will Inman and Cesar Ramos are also possibilities, but long-shots.
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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 24, 2010 2:42 pm
 

Dodgers' Colletti: 'We're buying'

The Dodgers haven't been acting this season like a team with money to spend, but general manager Ned Colletti insists the team is willing to take on payroll and lose prospects -- within reason, of course -- to contend this season.

"It's a fun time of the year," Colletti told the Los Angeles Times. "Because now you get a chance to see who's serious and who isn't. We make far more calls than we get. It shows we're active. Shows we're trying to be active. We're buying."

Colletti said he's looking for back-end starters (the Dodgers appear to be out of the mix on Roy Oswalt), relievers and outfield depth.

The Dodgers' biggest challenge is that their farm system is pretty thin at the upper levels, so they don't have much in the way of major-league ready prospects to offer. Their system is stronger at the lower levels, which might make them a better trading partner for a building team. Pirates left-handed starter Paul Maholm would seem to be a decent fit.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 22, 2010 9:17 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:39 am
 

Dodgers may be able to add payroll


Despite the nasty divorce of owner Frank McCourt that has been rumored to handcuff the Dodgers, the team may add to its payroll at the trade deadline, Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com reports .

The Dodgers are looking for pitching help and Jackson writes the team is "zeroing in" on Houston ace Roy Oswalt.

Jackson is one of several starters the team is interested in and made some initial contact about. The others are Ben Sheets, Dan Haren, Ted Lilly and Paul Maholm.

Jackson notes the team's more urgent need may be bullpen help. Toronto's Scott Downs and Jason Frasor have been "scouted heavily" by the Dodgers.

"Pitching continues to be our priority," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. "With Manny [Ramirez] going down and Reed Johnson still out, we might look at trying to shore up our outfield as well."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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