DENVER, CO - AUGUST 15: Starting pitcher Mark Rogers #37 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 15, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
It's a battle of youngsters on the mound tonight. Germano has just 31 innings pitched while Rogers has been on the mound for just 23.2 innings. Germano has the advantage of having won two of his outings while Rogers tries once again to get his first major league win.
I would say that the odds are (ever) in his favor, playing the Cubs, but after that last Houston series, it's clear you can't assume any sort of success from this Brewers team, regardless of the opponent.
That being said, the Cubs have lost 15 of their last 19 games, are 26 games below .500
Rogers is 0-1 with a 4.94 ERA. This will be his fifth start for the Brewers. He had a bit of a rough outing against Colorado last week, giving up five runs (three in the first inning) and seven hits in six innings.
The Brewers had put together eight straight wins at Miller Park before dropping Saturday and Sunday's games to the Phillies. They've lost three straight home games just once this season. The pressure will be on Rogers to get the home game back on track and notch his first ML win.
Rogers has faced the Cubs just once in the majors - he debuted against them in 2010 and pitched a scoreless frame. Germano last pitched against the Brewers in 2007 when he was with San Diego.
It was just reported this weekend that the Cubs have signed youngster Starlin Castro to a seven-year, $60 million contract. The deal has no language written, apparently, so it may take a few weeks to solidify.
Milwaukee has scored 30 runs in its six home games versus Chicago this season, with 28 coming in its four victories. The reigning NL Central champion is 12-3 at home versus the Cubs since the start of 2011.
Here's tonight's lineup:
Norichika Aoki RF
Rickie Weeks 2B
Ryan Braun LF
Aramis Ramirez 3B
Corey Hart 1B
Jonathan Lucroy C
Carlos Gomez CF
Jean Segura SS
Mark Rogers P
And in the bullpen:
John Axford pitched one inning (22 pitches) yesterday.
Mike McClendon pitched one inning (17 pitches) yesterday.
Kameron Loe pitched two innings (27 pitches) Saturday.
Jim Henderson pitched one inning (21 pitches) Saturday.
Francisco Rodriguez pitched one inning (18 pitches) Saturday.
Livan Hernandez last pitched on Friday.
Manny Parra and Jose Veras last pitched on Thursday.
It'll be a cool night in Milwaukee tonight, with a game time temperature around 68 falling into the low 60's as the night goes along. The roof should be open, though, unless we get more surprise rain.