The Chicago Cubs will be trying to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, but from Chicago's standpoint, the game will be as much about evaluating starting pitcher Justin Germano. Germano will take the start for the Cubs for the second time this season as Chicago awaits Matt Garza's return, and another solid start by Germano could solidify his position in the organization heading into next season.
In his lone start this season, Germano allowed two runs on four hits in five innings to the Pittsburgh Pirates, but the revamped Dodgers lineup will be a bit more of a test. The Cubs will face ex-Phillie Joe Blanton, who will be making his first start in Dodger blue. Blanton has a 4.59 ERA on the season, but has posted five quality starts in his last six outings.