In the battle of the N.L. Central's two worst teams, it was the Chicago Cubs who were embarrassed on Tuesday night. But they will still have a chance to take home a series victory with a win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday.
On the hill for the Cubs will be Justin Germano, who is looking to prove his staying power in this year's big league rotation and beyond. Germano's ERA on the season stands at 3.28, and both his WHIP and BAA indicate that he has pitched pretty well as a Cub. But Germano will have to improve on two things: his strikeouts and his innings pitched. So far in 19 innings as a Cub, he only has nine strikeouts, and he hasn't gone six innings or more in any of his three starts.
Opposing him will be Astros starter Bud Norris, who has dominated the Cubs in his career. In 39.1 innings across six starts, Norris has posted a 2.52 ERA with 36 strikeouts.
Game date/time: Wednesday, August 15, 1:20 p.m. CT
Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Ill.
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