Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Diamondbacks – 09/29/12

Game One Hundred Fifty-Eight: Cubs (59-98) vs. Diamondbacks (79-78)
Game Time – 7:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 188/914
Location – Chase Field, Phoenix

Justin Germano (2-9, 6.18/1.47) vs. Trevor Cahill (12-12, 3.86/1.31)

The Cubs will try to end two streaks tonight behind Justin Germano … their current six-game losing streak and the 0-17 mark on the road against teams from the NL West. With Darwin Barney’s streak coming to an end on Friday night, the Cubs have only one goal for the remainder of the season … avoid losing 100 games. The Cubs must win four of the last five in order to avoid a triple-digit loss column.

This year’s squad is setting new franchise lows. Friday the team broke the organization’s record for the most road losses in a single-season (57), the previous mark of 56 was set in 1956. The most losses for the Cubs in a single-season is 103 set in 1962 and again in 1966 … the second most losses in one-year is 98 (1980, 2012).

Justin Germano will take the hill for the last time this season in what should be his last start in a Cubs’ uniform. The Cubs viewed Germano as a stop-gap for this season and after a decent start he’s pitched rather poorly over the last two months. Jed Hoyer has stated publically that the team plans on being aggressive in the starting pitching market this season and if that is the case, Justin Germano does not figure to be in the organization’s plans moving forward.

Tonight it all starts with Justin Germano

Justin Germano has taken the hill every five days since taking over for the injured Matt Garza in the Cubs’ rotation … and tonight should be his last start in a Cubs’ uniform. Germano has completed more than five innings just once in his last seven starts and that happened in his last outing against the Cardinals. Germano allowed four runs on 10 hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings last Sunday.

Justin Germano has followed up his 1-3 record in five starts last month (6.67 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP) with a 0-5 mark in his last five outings with a 6.57 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP. Germano has walked 12 batters and given up 29 hits in his last 24 2/3 innings.

For as bad as Germano has struggled over his last 10 starts it has been even worse on the road. Germano is 0-4 in five games, four starts, on the road this year with a 6.55 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP … teams have hit .295 against Germano in their park.

Justin Germano faces the Diamondbacks tonight for the first time this season. Germano owns a 2-1 record in five career games, four starts, against Arizona with a 5.24 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP … at Chase Field, 1-1 in two starts with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP (no runs on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings).

Diamondbacks Career Numbers against Justin Germano

  • Henry Blanco – 0-for-2
  • Willie Bloomquist – 0-for-3
  • Aaron Hill – 0-for-2
  • Mike Jacobs – 0-for-3
  • Jason Kubel – 1-for-2
  • Miguel Montero – 0-for-2
  • Justin Upton – 0-for-5 with a walk
  • Chris Young – 4-for-10 with a double, two home runs and a walk

Trevor Cahill is coming off a loss to the Rockies, his first loss since August 26. Cahill allowed three runs, two earned, on nine hits with a walk and six strikeouts in six innings to the Rockies. Cahill has not allowed more than two earned runs in his last four starts and the Diamondbacks are 5-5 in his last 10 outings.

After posting a 7-7 record in his first 17 starts with a 3.64 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP, Cahill is 5-5 in his last 14 games with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP … and unfortunately for the Cubs, Cahill is in the middle of his best stretch of the season. Cahill is 3-1 in his last four starts with a 2.84 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.

Trevor Cahill has struggled in his first season at Chase Field. Cahill is 6-7 in 15 starts in his home park with a 4.96 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP

Tonight will be Cahill’s third career start against the Cubs. Dale Sveum’s team beat Cahill back on July 15 at Wrigley Field. The Cubs scored three runs on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. For his career, Cahill is 1-1 against the Cubs with a 5.73 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Trevor Cahill

  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-2 with a home run
  • Starlin Castro – 1-for-6
  • Steve Clevenger – 0-for-2
  • David DeJesus – 2-for-10 with a double and two walks
  • Bryan LaHair – 1-for-1 with a walk
  • Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-2 with a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-5 with a walk
  • Luis Valbuena – 0-for-4

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