Paul Maholm is winless in his last eight starts for the Chicago Cubs, while Houston Astros starter Bud Norris has failed to win in his last four.
Both pitchers, however, have had some success against the other's club, and they'll oppose each other Friday afternoon in the opener of a three-game set at Wrigley Field.
Maholm (4-6, 5.38 ERA) is 11-6 with a 3.31 ERA in 20 career outings against the Astros (32-44), his highest victory total against any opponent.
He's 0-4 with a 6.43 ERA during his winless run, though, and Houston has won a respectable 11 of 21 games against left-handed starters.
Maholm gave up a season-high seven runs over 3 1-3 innings last Saturday in his shortest outing of 2012, a 10-5 loss at Arizona. He fared better at the plate with a two-run homer - his second hit of the year.
The southpaw could be poised to cool off Astros third baseman Chris Johnson, who is 1 for 12 against him.
Johnson is hitting .371 in his last nine games for Houston (26-49), which is ma...