Paul Maholm (1-4, 5.18) vs. Ian Kennedy (7-9, 3.71).
Macbeth Act 5, scene 1
While our team sits in a tie for first place in the division, most Dodger fans would probably cite William Shakespeare himself in considering Paul Maholm, he of the 1-4, 5.51 ERA in seven starts this season. Maholm's outings have been as short as 3.2 IP (May 14 vs. Miami) and the decision after Friday's game to start Maholm as a "spot starter" sounds like "nonsense, my lord, nonsense", indeed. We do know the fear of Maholm's starts, as Shakespeare presaged. Whether the blood on this old man (Maholm, 32, is in his 10th year of major league service) is his own, or the Padres', is yet to be seen.
Or maybe the outs of which Shakespeare speaks are the outs that the Padres will be making? Well, if the Padres don't make four errors in a game, one might think they've got a shot at winning tonight (Maholm could take note of Haren's outing yesterday, when he was done in during the fifth inning on consecutive two-baggers from Chase Headley and Carlos Quentin; also from Macbeth, Shakespeare noted, "Double, double: toil and trouble". Yikes, that Shakespeare guy is clairvoyant!).
Hope Maholm is up to the challenge this evening, ere this might be yet another Shakespearean tragedy at the Ravine.