About the only positive going for the Chicago Cubs right now is that they will not have to face Stephen Strasburg in their upcoming four-game set this week in Washington.
Instead, the Cubs will face the challenge of Ross Detwiler, Edwin Jackson, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmerman.
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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