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Friday at 8:40pm CT – Travis Wood vs. Ian Kennedy
Wood lasted only five innings in his previous start but didn’t pitch all that poorly. A bases-loaded jam in the first inning hindered his pitch count, but he allowed only one run. He is 1-2 with a 5.51 ERA in his career against the D-backs. Kennedy pitched better than his numbers would indicate last time out against the Rockies at Coors Field. Kennedy allowed four runs on nine hits in six innings. In his two starts before that, Kennedy allowed one run in 15 1/3 innings.
Saturday at 7:10pm CT – Justin Germano vs. Trevor Cahill
Germano lost his last time out, giving up four runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Cardinals. He’s pitched into the fifth inning in all but one of his 10 starts. The righty has a 5.24 ERA in five career games (four starts) against Arizona. Cahill took the loss in his last start as he allowed two runs in six innings against the Rockies at Coors Field. Prior to that, Cahill had won three straight starts and had a 2.79 ERA in those games.
Sunday at 3:10pm CT – Chris Rusin vs. Josh Collmentor
Rusin will try to end the 2012 season on a positive note as well as give the Cubs something to remember when thinking about next year’s rotation. The lefty gave up six runs over 3 2/3 innings in his last outing vs. the Rockies at Coors Field. Collmenter started in place of Tyler Skaggs last Tuesday against the Giants and earned the win allowing one run on two hits over five innings. Collmenter has made 10 starts this year and 17 relief appearances.
I really expected a better performance in Colorado. But rather than show a little fight in the waning moments of the season, the Cubs decided to pack it up early and race to the top of the draft board. At this point they’re just running out the clock.
There aren’t words to express how I feel about the apparent inevitability of losing 100 or more games this season. Fortunately, there is this video.