Results tagged ‘ Justin Germano ’

September 3 – 6, 2012; @ Nationals – Series Preview

Long time no see as the Cubs travel to Washington to take on the Nationals.  When the two teams last met it was the opening series of the 2012 season, the Cubs were unsure of what the beginning of the build would look like, and the Nationals were a young upstart bunch.  Fast forward five months and the Cubs are now feeling what’s it’s like to begin the process of building a perennial contender and the Nationals sit atop Major League baseball as the best team in the land.  The Nationals are hurtling towards the finish, but the focus is on what or should I say who will not be with them as they descend on the postseason.  I’m talking about Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals ace, who will make his last start on September 12, and miss the postseason because the organization wants to be cautious with him.  To each their own, not sure I agree with it, but I understand it, I guess.  The Cubs will miss Strasburg but will have to deal with the rest of a pitching staff that has buzzed its way through the National League.  They will also have to deal with a Washington offensive attack that now features a rookie that won’t turn twenty years old until the playoffs are in progress.  Bryce Harper has given the Nats a jolt and made them one of the most exciting teams in baseball, it’s up to the Cubs to temper that enthusiasm and slow down this well oiled machine.

Here are the four game series pitching matchups.

Monday September 3, 2012
Cubs: Jeff Samardzija (8-12, 4.03 ERA)
Washington: Ross Detwiler (8-6, 3.32 ERA)

Tuesday September 4, 2012
Cubs: Chris Rusin (0-1, 1.80 ERA)
Washington: Edwin Jackson (8-9, 3.53 ERA)

Wednesday September 5, 2012
Cubs: Chris Volstad (2-9, 6.06 ERA)
Washington: Gio Gonzalez (17-7, 3.10 ERA)

Thursday September 6, 2012
Cubs: Justin Germano (2-5, 5.52 ERA)
Washinton: Jordan Zimmermann (9-8, 3.01 ERA)

Season Series:  Nationals lead 2-1

Prediction:  Nationals Win Series 3-1

Thanks for reading,
- George

Cubs Can’t Overcome Early Giant Surge

Much like the Cubs did yesterday, the Giants jumped out in front early and rode that momentum to victory.  Justin Germano got the start and struggled with his command early, and he can’t succeed if he doesn’t have his command.  The Giants struck for four runs in the first, all coming after the first two hitters were retired.  Germano finished his day after five innings giving up five runs on six hits while walking two and striking out two.  His counterpart Tim Lincecum was good today, however he made plenty of mistakes over the middle of the plate but the Cubs couldn’t take advantage as they could only bang out five hits in the loss.  David DeJesus got every bit of a Lincecum mistake in the third inning launching a massive two-run homer that bounced onto Sheffield Avenue to bring the Cubs to within three at 5-2.  Unfortunately that was as close as the Cubs would get as they were shut down over the last six innings in this one.  Anthony Rizzo also had a good day at the plate as he is starting to get hot again, he finished the day 2-for-4 with a double.  The rubber game of the series takes place tomorrow afternoon where the Cubs will put their hopes of a series win in the hands of Travis Wood.

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Game Highlights:
Barney With a Slick Play
DeJesus’ Great Play
Massive Two-Run Homer From DeJesus

Thanks for reading,
- George

 

September 1, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Giants

Justin Germano will take the ball today against Tim Lincecum and the Giants today as the Cubs look to make it three wins in a row.  There is a threat of rain today, so we will keep you updated if anything changes.  The game is scheduled to start at 12:05 on WGN.  Here is a look at the Cubs lineup today.

DeJesus – RF
Valbuena - 2B
Rizzo – 1B
Soriano – LF
Castro – SS
Castillo – C
Jackson – CF
Barney – 2B
Germano – P

Go Cubs!!
-Mark

August 31 – September 2, 2012; vs. Giants – Series Preview

Time to play spoiler as the West Division leading Giants roll into town for a weekend series.  Ever since the Giants got the news that Melky Cabrera was going to be suspended they have taken off, and now hold a four game lead over the Dodgers in a race for the Western Division crown.  The Giants are getting it done with a balanced attack as they are right in the middle of the pack in runs scored and ERA in the National League.  The Cubs are going to need to have a solid offensive approach against the Giants if they want to take this series.  The Giants are a baseball team in every sense of the word, they play, and win as a team.  If the Cubs can do the same thing, and have an approach like they did in the series finale against the Brewers they might be able to play spoiler.  The team could look rather different come Saturday as the rosters will expand, Sveum has cautioned that there might only be six or so call ups, we’ll see, and of course keep you updated.

August 31, 2012 – September 2, 2012; Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

Here are this weekends pitching matchups.

Friday August 31, 2012
San Francisco: Madison Bumgarner (14-8, 2.93 ERA)
Cubs: Chris Volstad (1-9, 6.28 ERA)

Saturday September 1, 2012
San Francisco: Tim Lincecum (7-14, 5.30 ERA)
Cubs: Justin Germano (2-4, 5.91 ERA)

Sunday September 2, 2012
San Francisco: Matt Cain (13-5, 2.82 ERA)
Cubs: Travis Wood (4-11, 4.71 ERA)

Season Series:  Giants lead series 4-0

Prediction:  Giants sweep series 3-0

Thanks for reading,
- George

August 27, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Brewers

Justin Germano looks to have a much better outing this time around against the Brewers as the Cubs open a four game set with their neighbors to the North.  Here is how the Cubs will line up against Marco Estrada who earned his first victory of 2012 against the Cubs last week.

1. DeJesus – RF
2. Vitters - 3B
3. Rizzo – 1B
4. Soriano – LF
5. Castro – SS
6. Clevenger – C
7. Jackson – CF
8. Barney – 2B
9. Germano – P

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
- George

August 27 – 30, 2012; vs. Brewers – Series Preview

Milwaukee Brewers Mascot Wallpaper 

The Cubs look to continue their success on the longest home stand of the year as they welcome the Brewers to town for a four game set.  Revenge might also be on the Cubs mind as they were swept by the Brewers last week in Milwaukee.  At this point both teams are playing out the string, but it’s an important time for many young guys as they are trying to impress the front office heading into next year.  One guy that is doing that lately is Brett Jackson, after struggling immediately after his call up Jackson has made the necessary adjustments to find results.  It seems to be working as Jackson was 4-for-8 against the Rockies with two home runs and three RBI’s.  He will look to continue that success against a Brewers team that is finally finding some traction, just a little too late to salvage this season.  The Brewers are 7-3 in their last ten games and are playing much better baseball of late.  They are led by reigning MVP Ryan Braun who is putting up similar numbers this year, if the Cubs want to get that revenge against the Brewers they are going to have to shut Braun down.  Surprisingly the Cubs have limited Braun this year, sure he is hitting .304 against the Cubs this year but he only has one home run, and four RBI’s. 

August 27, 2012 – August 30, 2012; Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

 

 

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Here are the pitching matchups for the four game series.

Monday August 27, 2012
Milwaukee: Marco Estrada (1-5, 4.23 ERA)
Cubs: Justin Germano (2-3, 5.40 ERA)

Tuesday August 28, 2012
Milwaukee: Yovanni Gallardo (13-8, 3.62 ERA)
Cubs: Travis Wood (4-10, 4.76 ERA)

Wednesday August 29, 2012
Milwaukee: Mike Fiers (7-6, 2.98 ERA)
Cubs: Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.09 ERA)

Thursday August 30, 2012
Milwaukee: Shaun Marcum (5-4, 3.19 ERA)
Cubs: Brooks Raley (1-2, 6.64 ERA)

Season Series:  Brewers lead 10-3;  What!?  That’s unacceptable

Prediction:  Cubs Split Series 2-2

Thanks for reading,
- George

 

 

Disastrous Inning Does in Cubs

If the Cubs can somehow have major league baseball remove the 5th inning from last nights game things would look much better.  That’s not going to happen, so the Cubs are going to have to live with the fact that they allowed the Brewers to plate eight runs in that fateful inning en route to a 9-5 defeat.  Justin Germano was cruising through the first four innings but ran into some big time trouble in the 5th.  Germano lost command and was leaving too many pitches over the heart of the plate, typically that’s not a great way to get major league hitters out.  When the dust settled the Brewers had a 9-3 lead and Germano was out of the game, he lasted 4.2 innings giving up seven runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out three.  The Cubs were able to create some offense of their own as they scored five runs on eight hits but it could have been so much more.  Half the players on this team still don’t know how to run out of the box, I’m looking at you Valbuena.  On top of the base running mistakes the Cubs were only 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.  Anthony Rizzo and Welington Castillo each had two hits in the loss, the two hits from Castillo bring his average to .288 on the season, not bad at all. 

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Game Highlights:
Josh Vitters’ First Major League HR
Brett Jackson’s Great Catch
Rizzo’s RBI Double

Thanks for reading,
- George

August 20, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Brewers

Justin Germano takes the hill on Monday against Mark Rogers and the Milwaukee Brewers.  Anthony Rizzo is back in the lineup for the Cubs tonight.  Josh Vitters will get the start at third and Welington Castillo will do the catching.  Here is a look at the rest of the Cubs lineup tonight.

DeJesus – RF
Vitters – 3B
Rizzo – 1B
Soriano – LF
Castro – SS
Castillo – C
Jackson – CF
Barney – 2B
Germano – P

Go Cubs!!
-Mark

Cubs Take Series Behind Germano’s Gem

Not bad at all for a guy that was acquired in a deal that many people forgot about because it was well before the trade deadline, and the madness that followed.  But Justin Germano has quietly made a name for himself in the Cubs rotation, and if he continues to pitch like he did today he will have a future on this team.  Germano earned his second win of the season going 6.1 innings giving up two runs on five hits while walking one and striking out six.  A couple starts back Germano got 14 runs from his offense, today he got seven, he must be the lucky charm the offense has been searching for.  I know that David DeJesus really likes when Germano is pitching as he was amazing today, having easily his best game as a Cub.  DeJesus was 4-for-4 at the plate with two home runs, he came in with only two on the whole season.  He finished the day with three RBI’s, a walk, and two runs scored, quite the day for the Cubs lead-off man.  Brett Jackson also turned in a solid performance at the plate going 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, an RBI, and a run scored.  It was great to see that as he has been struggling, so has Starlin Castro and he responded today as well going 3-for-4 with his 12th home run of the season and two RBI’s.  The Cubs have an off day tomorrow as they will travel to Cincinnati for a weekend series that includes a double header on Saturday.

FULL BOX SCORE

Game Highlights:
DeJesus’ Multi-HR Game
Germano’s Stellar Outing
Rizzo’s Heads Up Play
Rizzo and Castro Turn Two
Castro’s 12th HR on the Season
Jackson’s RBI Triple

Thanks for reading,
- George

August 15, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Astros

Clearly Adrian Cardenas is doing something wrong behind the scenes, that is the only way to describe the way he is being used or not used I should say, since his recent call up.  Today would have been a perfect day to get Cardenas in the lineup, Barney is getting a day-off so Cardenas could slide in at second for a day.  Guess not.  Justin Germano takes the ball today as the Cubs look to win the series from the Astros, here is how the Cubs will line up.

1. DeJesus – RF
2. Vitters - 3B
3. Rizzo – 1B
4. Soriano – LF
5. Castro – SS
6. Valbuena - 2B
7. Jackson – CF
8. Clevenger – C
9. Germano – P

Thanks for reading, GO CUBS!
- George

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