CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 24: Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija #29 of the Chicago Cubs delivers the ball against the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field on August 24, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The Cubs and Nationals begin a four-game series Monday in Washington
Jeff Samardzija takes the mound Monday for the Cubs, who have lost 10 of their last 14 games and now find themselves 30 games back of the division-leading Cincinnati Reds and 51-82 overall. Samardzija has pitched well of late, allowing more than two earned runs only twice in nine starts since the All-Star game. Still, in a record that reflects the Chicago offense more than Samardzija's performances, he is 2-4 in that time and 8-12 overall.
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