The Milwaukee Brewers (59-67) will take on the Chicago Cubs (49-77) for the second time in the last week. Milwaukee swept Chicago at Miller Park in which two pitchers recorded their first win of the year. The Brewers are also coming off a series win against the Pittsburgh Pirates while the Cubs have lost seven of their last 10 games.
Monday August 27, 2012
Marco Estrada (1-5, 4.23 ERA) vs. Justin Germano (2-3, 4.54 ERA)
Marco Estrada recorded his first win of the season last week against the Cubs. Estrada went six innings without surrendering a run on only two hits and struck out nine batters in what can easily be regarded as his best start of the year. When he pitches with the command he had against Chicago, it is no wonder why Milwaukee has been sticking with him in the starting rotation.
Justin Germano got knocked around pretty good last week against the Brewers in which he allowed seven runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings pitched in the loss. Germano has been known to pitch better at Wrigley Field so expect a good outing from him this time around.
Tuesday August 28, 2012
Yovani Gallardo (13-8, 3.62 ERA) vs. Travis Wood (4-10, 4.76 ERA)
Yovani Gallardo has been on fire since Zack Greinke was traded on July 27, as he is currently 5-0 with a 2.02 ERA over that span. Gallardo has also pitched at least seven innings in his last five outings. He did give up two solo home runs against Chicago last week but that was all the Cubs would get out of him as he struck out nine batters and allowed four hits.
Travis Wood took the loss against the Brewers in his last start after giving up three earned runs on six hits in seven innings. Wood is trying to find his rhythm again, such as when he allowed five earned runs in three games from Aug 1-11. Those starts are sandwiched between stretches of inconsistency that Wood would like to forget.
Wednesday August 29, 2012
Michael Fiers (7-6, 2.98 ERA) vs. Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.09 ERA)
Michael Fiers bounced back after two terrible starts with a win against the Pirates. Fiers surrendered three earned runs on five hits and struck out 10 batters in 6 2/3 innings. He also recorded his first Major League hit, a bunt single, after going 0-for-22 to start out his career.
Jeff Samardzija has gone seven innings in three of his last four starts and hopes to keep it going against Milwaukee. Samardzija is 1-2 in his last four outings despite giving up only 8 earned runs in 26 innings. He has also struck out 28 batters over that span. This is a good indication of why the Cubs have only won 49 games so far this year.