Maholm ready for Braves debut

Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field.

Paul Maholm is ready to make his Braves debut Saturday and a few days to get acclimated to his new surroundings will only help.

The left-hander will face the Astros after being acquired in a July 30th trade with the Cubs.

“It’s definitely better than coming in your first day and jumping right in to a start,” Maholm said. “I’m getting to hang out with the guys, getting to know them a little better, get to know your surroundings better. Making your first start for a team there are always a little butterflies. You are wanting to make a good impression. You have to go out there and pitch your game and do as well as you can.”

Maholm could have started Friday’s series-opener against the Astros. However, manager Fredi Gonzalez said the Cubs had planned to start Maholm on Saturday, with an extra day of rest due to an off day, so the Braves kept that schedule.

Maholm has a 12-6 career record against the Astros with a 3.11 ERA in 21 starts. He has won his last two starts against the Astros, including a 4-0 win at Wrigley Field on June 29. Maholm has been solid of late with a 4-0 record and 1.23 ERA in July.

“Obviously being in the thick of things you just want to go out and pitch well,” Maholm said of his huge jump in the standings. “The offense has been putting up runs and the defense, as always, is playing good. My job is to go out there and do my thing, get some early ground balls and outs and let the offense put up some runs and let the defense make some plays.”

Remaining in the National League, Maholm is familiar with Turner Field, which he called a “fair field.”

“It’s kind of big but for me ground balls [is bread and butter so] defense plays well then I look good,” Maholm said. “That’s my philosophy is to keep the ball on the ground and you don’t have to worry about how far the fences are.”

- Chris Vivlamore

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North Ga Braves Fan

August 3rd, 2012
6:07 pm

Great addition to the team!

Stop the slide!

August 3rd, 2012
6:27 pm

Love it! Welcome aboard Maholm, just keep doing what you have been doing!

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ChipperisGod

August 3rd, 2012
6:45 pm

I really like the way he pitches. Can’t wait to see what you do, Paul! Welcome to the Braves!

@RPollardRealtor

August 3rd, 2012
6:46 pm

I’m liking the sound of this guy. He seems excited to be in Atlanta. Looking forward to watching him pitch tomorrow. Go Bravos! Lets get these Astros this series!

Dude18

August 3rd, 2012
7:00 pm

Looking forward to seeing maholm and really glad to see Dempster struggle last night

Quack Quack

August 3rd, 2012
7:29 pm

Welcome to ATL Paul Maholm, we’re glad you’re here!!

Best of luck for your first start tomorrow. Sure you will do better than your former teammate Dempster Dumpster. ;-)

GO BRAVES!!

bravesfaninwest

August 3rd, 2012
7:42 pm

Love that he grew up a Braves fan. Hope he can keep doing what he’s been doing since first of July.

BrandonLee49

August 3rd, 2012
10:08 pm

Sounds like Maholm is a much Better fit to Atlanta than Dempster Ever would have been… Let’s root for Maholm’s opening Start on Saturday… GO Braves !!!

Yogi Berra

August 3rd, 2012
10:46 pm

His daddy was a big fan when Braves were on Superstation..wonder if his father is coming to game. Great pick up..go Braves.

Alaska Braves Fan

August 3rd, 2012
11:35 pm

As with almost everything baseball, only time will tell, but Maholm seems like a perfect fit for us. I wish him well in his first start for the Braves.

ABF

NorCal Brave

August 3rd, 2012
11:39 pm

Go get ‘em, Paul, good to have you aboard!

Bud

August 4th, 2012
12:17 am

In the end Dempster may have done the Braves a favor.

iTiSi

August 4th, 2012
12:59 am

Looks like the Braves got the better end of all the deals on pitchers. Dempster and Greinke both struggled in their debuts. Some things do work out.

Greg

August 4th, 2012
6:18 am

Good luck, Paul. Great to have you on the team.

74bravesjersey

August 4th, 2012
8:02 am

Swag it up Pauly! Bring that MoJo you had against us!

HOF 10

August 4th, 2012
8:29 am

Looking forward to watching Maholm tonight. He is the type of pitcher we need, a lefty to balance out the rotation, and a guy who keeps the ball down. Our young pitchers have given up too many long balls, something they can reduce with experience.

Something tells me Janish is about to become Maholm’s best friend. Janish is the kind of guy you want in the lineup if you are a team on a restricted budget. He can win a lot of games with his glove but .220 hitters don’t make big money no matter how well they field. We are going to go with Simmons, no question, but Janish needs to be on the team. If they can talk Uggla into going to left field next year, or if they trade him, maybe they can play both Simmons and Janish up the middle. Then maybe spend a little cash for a centerfilder who can hit an occasional HR to replace Bourn, who they won’t be able to re-sign.

Keith

August 4th, 2012
8:50 am

Hmmmm…maybe I should head down to the Ted tonight.

Go BRAVES! :)

Joey

August 4th, 2012
8:51 am

“In the end Dempster may have done the Braves a favor.”
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You’re right, Bud, no matter how he does with the Bravos. He has bee one of the best pitchers in MLB since May.

Pippa's hiney

August 4th, 2012
9:21 am

A quality left-hander is always valuable.

Pollyana

August 4th, 2012
9:29 am

Maholm has been solid of late with a 4-0 record and 1.23 ERA in July.
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I find it interesting that once a player is labeled as an ace or a 3rd/4th starter or a platoon guy or a career 4th outfielder or what ever the label may be, the vocabulary used to describe him fits that label, regardless of how impressive. 4-0 with a 1.23 ERA is hardly “solid.” Those are excellent stats.
I’m looking forward to seeing him pitch. Welcome to the team!

BravesWin

August 4th, 2012
9:33 am

A little run support would be great for Maholm in his debut. Let’s hope he can go deep innings and give the pen a little break.

MS. Bully

August 4th, 2012
9:40 am

A (MS. State)Bulldog pitching for the Braves. Good luck Paul in your run with the Braves.

Paddy

August 4th, 2012
10:00 am

Dude18……Your comment about how you were glad Dempster did not do well, shows a lack of respect for the game. My guess is you have never played any organized sports. Wishing others ill when you don’t have a dog in the fight speaks volumns. You still have time to get your head on straight, use that tme wisely or try solitaire.

Teddy B

August 4th, 2012
10:47 am

I just can’t believe Wren dumped Vizcaino on the Cubs before they could see him recovered and healthy. Come to think of it, this is 2 years in a row Wren’s traded our hurt guys for something of actual value (Schaffer for Bourn last yr). What is it with Wren dumping guys on the DL? Why do the other owners actually take the bait? Amazing. Vizcaino might never be the same or pitch well again. Thanks for Maholm in 2012-2013 Theo.

Chief Knock-a-homa

August 4th, 2012
10:49 am

…..and in other news, Team USA Basketball is being handled by Lithuania. Score tied late in the 3rd quarter.

74bravesjersey

August 4th, 2012
11:12 am

Fired up about Maholm! Seem like the kid has a good idea of what to do. He’s a pitcher, that has good distinctive aproach when toe-ing da’ rubber. Can’t waitto see em’. Ready to battle w/ this Bravo Company. They’s -a- swagg’n. Bravo Company! sound like a platoon huh?

Jmdawg

August 4th, 2012
11:19 am

Welcome To Atlanta Bulldog, Glad to have you here #HAILSTATE

Ted M

August 4th, 2012
11:28 am

I didn’t see a single post wishing Dempster ill will.

urban redneck

August 4th, 2012
12:01 pm

you mean like 1 in 1,000?
no, more like 1 in 1,000,000.

so, you’re saying there’s a chance……………….we’re looking good, boys and girls. go bravos.

Brave New World in Arizona

August 4th, 2012
12:18 pm

Say what you will about Frank Wren, but I like the fact that he is making these kinds of moves to make these Braves better. I know Maholm has yet to pitch for us so only time will tell. Still, alot of teams reside themselves to sit back and let their farm systems and draft picks do the work. The Braves do all this AND look at getting talent through trades. I know we haven’t made a splash in the playoffs in quite a while, but this organization is always trying to get better. What’s even more remarkable is that we don’t have the TV revenues or Ted Turner’s financial backing and we are still putting ourselves in a position to win. This Braves fan appreciates the risk and the leadership.

Memphis

August 4th, 2012
12:22 pm

When I was in middle school, I saw Paul Maholm pitch (he pitched high school ball for Germantown High School in Memphis). Along with University of Memphis product Dan Uggla, it’s good to see our local guys playing for my favorite team. Good luck Paul! Go Braves!

D man

August 4th, 2012
1:50 pm

Good luck Paul, get a win Braves…

Screwball

August 4th, 2012
1:52 pm

Braves fans can relax, we have the NL East pennant in hand.

What has happened to the NL? As I see it, there are 8 teams still with hope for post-season and 8 hopeless teams. The Astros, Marlins, Padres, Cubs etc are dumpster fires.

Look at the games remaining. The Braves play 40 of their remaining games against hopeless teams. They play only 13 teams in the hunt, including the Nats.

The Nats schedule is much tougher, the breakdown shows they play 23 games – or 10 more than we do – against teams with something to play for. The other 31 remaining game are versus the hopeless dregs.

That gives the Braves as I see it, a ten game edge. As the Braves are presently only two games back, the scheduling edge seems to out them in command and to not win the division, or worse, fail even to make the WC game would be a disaster.

But, as Skip always said, “That’s why they play the games, sir.” I calling it OVAH.

74bravesjersey

August 4th, 2012
2:35 pm

I heard that Maholm in his last 6 starts is 5-0 w/ a 1.02era. 9-6 overall, hopefully get #10 tonight, & mabe Ozzie G pull a rabbit out of a hat another – ‘gain against the natsies.

iTiSi

August 4th, 2012
2:55 pm

The best part of all of it, which the AJC writers have failed to mention(unless I missed it) is that Maholm is 5-0 vs the rest of the NL EAST so far this year. He has not faced the Gnats yet, so that will be interesting. He has given up only 3 runs in those games, and no HRs. The other good news is that the majority of the rest of the Braves games are against the NL EAST.

Nerdville

August 4th, 2012
3:23 pm

Screwball (1:52 pm) is all over it! That’s the reason the Braves needs to not take any nights off and try and win the remaining games against the lousier teams. The schedule favors the Braves, but only if they take advantage. That’s why I was angry Wed. night when I felt like they didn’t give their best effort against the awful Miami Fish. The offense that night was pathetic (only 2 runs scored).

Nerdville

August 4th, 2012
3:31 pm

Looking forward to Maholm’s start. I am glad that the usually dense Wren told that prima donna Dempster to go take a hike. I like Maholm better than Dempster anyway who was awful in his first start for the Rangers.

JIm

August 4th, 2012
5:36 pm

WELCOME ABOARD PAUL!

We are all looking forward to your first start and we welcome you to Atlanta!

Jazzbro

August 4th, 2012
7:20 pm

When I was in Chicago last week I watched Maholm hold St. Louis (Cubs arch-rivals, what a crowd at Wrigley!) to 1 run in 7 innings. He pitches smart – changes location, changes speed, really thinking out there – I was impressed. I think he’ll be a great addition to the Braves and a good fit for the club.

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