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Monday at 8:05pm EDT – Eric Bedard vs. Justin Germano

Bedard held the Cubs to one run on two hits during his last start, throwing seven stellar innings without being rewarded with a win. He threw 113 pitches in the outing, his most in a start since August 2007. Acquired from the Red Sox for cash considerations on July 19, Germano will be making his first start for the Cubs in his second appearance for the team. He pitched three innings in relief on July 21. He was starting at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Tuesday at 8:05pm EDT – A.J. Burnett vs. Ryan Dempster

The 13-year veteran Burnett just keeps rolling along; a 13th win would match the second-most of his career, with two months of the season to go. His 14 quality starts do not include his May 25 turn vs. the Cubs; he blanked them, but only for 5 1/3 innings. Dempster lost to the Pirates in his last start, giving up three runs on five hits over six innings. He is second in the Majors with a 2.25 ERA, but has given up seven runs in his last two starts.

Wednesday at 2:20pm EDT – Jeff Karstens vs. Travis Wood

Karstens has had a wicked breaking pitch through a recent hot stretch, using it primarily to notch 29 strikeouts in his last 34 innings. Trying to close out another strong July (2-0, 2.67) after posting a 2.06 ERA in five starts in July last season. The Cardinals roughed up Wood in his last start as he became the first Major League pitcher to give up home runs in five consecutive innings. In his last five starts, Wood is 2-3 with a 7.36 ERA, and he has given up 10 home runs.

Our Take

by Jeremiah Johnson

Can anyone give me a good reason why we’ve played only the Cardinals and the Pirates for the last week and a half? Other than Montgomery Burns’ Bud Selig’s general incompetence. I can’t wait to see how his staff butchers the schedule next year when interleague play runs throughout the season (15 teams in each league will necessitate it).

Series Prediction: A short, ugly start from Germano tonight, but two wins to follow (2-1). Also, Dempster turns down another trade and stays put.

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