Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 08/20/12

Game One Hundred Twenty-One: Cubs (47-73) vs. Brewers (54-66)
Game Time – 7:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WCIU – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 186/914
Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee

Justin Germano (2-2, 3.91/1.16) vs. Mark Rogers (0-1, 4.94/1.23)

The Cubs make their final trip of the season to Milwaukee and open a three-game series against the Brewers tonight. The Cubs are 1-3 on the seven-game road trip after a rough weekend in Cincinnati.

The Brewers have had the Cubs’ number this season. The Cubs are just 3-7 in the first 10 games against Milwaukee this year with seven games remaining on the schedule. The division rivals wrap up their season series with four games at Wrigley Field next week.

After tonight’s match-up of Justin Germano and Mark Rogers, the Cubs have discussed calling up lefty Chris Rusin to face Marco Estrada on Tuesday night. Travis Wood is scheduled to face Yovani Gallardo on Wednesday afternoon.

The Cubs have not announced their starter for Tuesday. If Chris Rusin is summoned from Triple-A, the Cubs will have to create a spot in order to add him to the 40-man roster.

The recently acquired Alex Hinshaw is expected to join the Cubs today and be activated prior to game time. The Cubs claimed the lefty reliever Sunday off waivers from the Padres. The Cubs have not announced a corresponding roster move but don’t be surprised if James Russell is placed on the DL. Russell does not appear to be hurt but does appear to be out of gas. Russell has pitched in 59 games (54 1/3 innings) and has been less than effective since the break (3-1 in 16 games with two blown saves, a 7.82 ERA and a 2.13 WHIP). Dale Sveum used Jeff Beliveau for Jay Bruce in the eighth inning of Sunday’s game. While Bruce has good numbers against Russell that is not a move that would have happened a few weeks back. Two weeks on the shelf would not be a bad thing for the young lefty, who as averaged 60 appearances over his first three big league seasons. The Cubs could then activate Russell after the roster expands and he can finish the year on a positive note.

In other news … The Cubs are expected to begin the interview process to replace Oneri Fleita this week. According to a report from Comcast SportsNet, the Cubs will interview Brandon Hyde and Alex Suarez, both currently in the Cubs’ organization and Kurt Kemp. Kemp is currently a scout for the Pirates and was previously the director of player development for the Braves.

Tonight all starts with Justin Germano

Justin Germano is coming off his second win and first quality start of the season. Germano held the Astros to two runs on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Germano has been solid in his short time with the team and is 1-1 in his last three starts with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.

Germano is winless in two games, one start, on the road this season. Germano held the Dodgers to two runs on three hits over 5 1/3 innings in his only other road start.

Tonight will be Germano’s first appearance of the second against the Brewers. For his career, Justin Germano is 1-1 in three games, two starts, against the Brewers with a 4.61 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP … at Miller Park, 0-1 in two games, one start, with a 5.87 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP. The last time Justin Germano faced the Brewers was during the 2007 season. Germano made an appearance out of the pen on September 30 and beat the Brewers in a start on May 26.

Brewers Career Numbers against Justin Germano

  • Ryan Braun – 2-for-4 with a home run
  • Corey Hart – 1-for-1 with a triple
  • Aramis Ramirez – 0-for-2
  • Rickie Weeks – 1-for-4

Mark Rogers is coming off a rough start in Colorado and will make just his fifth start of the season tonight. Rogers has started only one other game at Miller Park and received a no decision against the Nationals on July 29.

Rogers allowed five runs on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts in six innings to the Rockies and has allowed five earned runs in two of his last three outings (0-1 with a 5.50 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP).

Mark Rogers made his first 18 starts of the year with Triple-A Nashville. Rogers was 6-6 with a 4.72 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP (92 hits, 74 strikeouts and 49 walks in 95 1/3 innings).

Mark Rogers has pitched one scoreless inning in his career against the Cubs (September 10, 2010). Starlin Castro (0-for-1) and Travis Wood (0-for-2) are the only players on the Cubs active roster that have faced Rogers at the big league level. Several of the players on the Cubs roster have seen Mark Rogers over the years in the minors and this season at the Triple-A level.

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