"I hope they do well and I hope we come in and spoil it a little bit for them," he said. "The fans deserve a winner. I've been keeping up with them. We'll see how the three days go when we're there."
The Pirates know the left-hander well. After all, he pitched there for seven seasons before signing with the Cubs.
"It's different because those guys have seen me pitch for so long, and I've only pitched against them once," he said. "It's always kind of a cat-and-mouse game."
What also has been interesting are the trade rumors surrounding Maholm. He's been mentioned as one of the options for a team looking for a starter.
"I've got two starts, both against [the Pirates], before the Deadline," Maholm said. "I enjoy it here, I enjoy this clubhouse and this staff and [Chicago]. My job is every fifth day to pitch and not worry about anything else."
All the talk doesn't bother Maholm during the game.
"When the game starts, that's your comfort zone," Maholm said. "I'm not going to go out there worrying about making a pitch if I'm going to get traded. In 10 days, we'll know how everything will work out."