Jeff Samardzija, RHP 6-8, 4.57 ERA
Last 3 starts: 19.0 IP, 1-1, 2.37 ERA, 24 Ks
Last 10 years vs. PIT: 14.0 IP, 1-0, 1.29 ERA, 10 Ks
Samardzija needs to keep his pitch count down. In his last start against the Marlins, he was pulled after throwing 97 pitches over five innings. He has one win in his last eight starts.
Erik Bedard, LHP 5-10, 4.55 ERA
Last 3 starts: 15.0 IP, 1-2, 6.00 ERA, 10Ks
Last 10 years vs. CHC: 6.0 IP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 Ks
Bedard came out of the 11-day layoff surrounding the All-Star break sharp on Tuesday, holding Colorado to two runs in the longest (6 2/3 innings) of his last six starts. Remarkably, a sixth win would match his most since 2007.