PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 23: Paul Maholm #28 of the Chicago Cubs delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 23, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
The Chicago Cubs host the Houston Astros for a three-game series over the weekend.
The Anthony Rizzo project continues for the last-place Chicago Cubs, as they host the Houston Astros (the second-worst NL Central team) for a three-game set over the weekend. In game one on Friday afternoon, Paul Maholm (4-6, 5.38 ERA) will take the mound for the Cubs, while the Astros will counter with Bud Norris (5-4, 4.81 ERA). Maholm has endured a rough month of June, posting a 6.93 ERA and 1.74 WHIP while allowing 35 hits over 24.2 innings during that span.
The obvious bright spot is super-prospect Anthony Rizzo, who debuted for the Cubs on Tuesday and is 3-for-8 with two doubles so far this season.
Game 1 Date & Time: Friday, June 29, 1:20 p.m. CT
For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of this series, head over to Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue and Astros blog Crawfish Boxes. For more from around Major League Baseball, visit Baseball Nation.