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Monday @ 7:10 pm CT – Justin Germano vs. Mark Rogers
Germano posted his first quality start of the season on Wednesday, giving up two runs over 6 1/3 innings vs. the Astros. Opposing teams keep calling him a “crafty right-hander.” Germano won’t overpower hitters, but he does keep them off-balance. Searching for the first win of his career, Rogers is coming off a five-run, seven-hit performance against the Rockies. Still, for the third time in four starts, he was in line for the win before the bullpen blew a save.
Tuesday @ 7:10 pm CT – TBD vs. Marco Estrada
(It looks like Chris Rusin will make his first major league appearance for the Cubs on Tuesday, but I couldn’t find any confirmation. You can read up on him here.) Winless in 15 starts and six relief appearances this season, Estrada has been frustrated with his last two trips to the mound. He gave up four runs and didn’t make it past the fifth inning in either outing.
Wednesday @ 1:10 pm CT – Travis Wood vs. Yovani Gallardo
Wood gave up six earned runs in five innings Friday in Cincinnati, after holding the same Reds club to one run in seven innings less than week earlier. He is looking for his first win since July 6 and has allowed six or more runs in four outings over that span. Manager Ron Roenicke said Gallardo’s curveball was the best it’s been this season on Friday, when he allowed one run on four hits in seven innings against the Phillies. He’s given up just six runs in his last 28 2/3 innings.
I’m tempted to keep posting Mr. T’s prediction for all the rest of the non-Astros series this season. But that would be cheating, and increasingly less funny.
Here’s a question for you: what do you think Ryan Braun’s reaction was to Melky Cabrera’s suspension? Or to the subsequent news that Cabrera’s people set up a fake website to sell a fictional substance which he attempted to blame for his positive test?
Braun must be loving this. Through his chicanery, he’s kicked off a new wave of attempts to discredit or otherwise avoid the consequences of a positive test. We know some of the more outlandish stories of players from other leagues trying to subvert the testing process, but I can’t remember any earlier instances of high-profile players like Braun and Cabrera focusing their efforts on calling the system into question.
Also, don’t you want to get a look at the fake website? While I’m not OK with Cabrera cheating, I am intrigued by the lengths he went to in his attempts to avoid his suspension. While Braun drilled down and insinuated a one-man conspiracy, Cabrera and his crew dreamed up an entire company and tried to bring it to life.
Even though the plan failed miserably, you’ve got to think Braun is at least a little jealous his imagination wasn’t as grandiose.
Series Prediction: The Cubs shock the Brewers for a couple wins, and at least one of the in-game sausage races ends in tragedy.