The pitchers that were considered to pitch in the Atlanta Braves opening day game were Tim Hudson and Kris Medlen and rightfully so. Medlen had an incredible second half last season and Hudson is the veteran leader as well as one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball for quite some time. When Hudson got the start and Medlen went to the third game it was because of match-ups and nothing else. What Paul Maholm has done after Hudson each game however has been second to none and puts his name up there with the top two of the rotation.
Maholm, who came over from the Chicago Cubs, had a career ERA a bit over four at the start of the season. Two games have seen him pitch 12.1 innings and he has been near flawless. A 12.1 scoreless inning streak to start the season isn’t a bad thing at all. Considering the performance of Maholm before this season, how can we expect the rest of his season to go? For example, can he keep his sharp pitching and scoreless streak going while opposing the Washington Nationals and Gio Gonzalez?
That would be a tough draw for any pitcher but so far Maholm seems like he will be up to the task. All of the Braves pitchers are pitching well right now but Maholm has been as good as anyone in baseball with a 2-0 record, a zero ERA and a WHIP below one. It just doesn’t get much better than that. The Miami Marlins might have been an easier draw but there will be no cheap shots next time around against the Nats and Gonzalez.