Skip to main content

Series Preview: Phillies at Cubs, July 15-18


The Phillies (47-40) hope to continue rolling with their pre-all-star break momentum, as they are fresh off a 4 game sweep of the Central Division leading Cincinnati Reds and possess a 17-8 record against that division as they head to Chicago to face the Central's 4th place Cubs (39-50).

At Wrigley Field in 2009, the Phillies swept the Cubs in a 3 game series that received much publicity when a Chicago fan in the outfield bleachers threw a beer into the face of Philadelphia outfielder Shane Victorino, as he made a catch of a fly ball.

Lefty veteran Jamie Moyer will take the mound in game 1, for the defending National League champion Phillies. Moyer broke into the Majors with the Cubs and made his MLB debut at Wrigley Field against the Phillies in 1986. The Cubs will counter with Ryan Dempster, who has not received much run support at home lately (Cubs have scored 3 or fewer runs in 6 of his last 7 starts at Wrigley).

Read on for details on the pitching match ups as well as loads more information on this series.


Thursday, 8:05pm. Jamie Moyer (9-8, 4.51) vs. Ryan Dempster (7-7, 3.61 ERA). Moyer has posted a 3-2 record with a 3.41 ERA over his past 5 starts. In 8 career starts against the Cubs, Moyer is 3-2 with a 4.27 ERA. Derrek Lee is 5-for-13 (.385 avg) with 3 doubles against Moyer. Dempster has posted a 3-2 record with a 3.27 ERA over his last 5 starts. In 8 home starts this season, Dempster has a 3-4 record with a 3.49 ERA. In 22 career outings vs. the Phillies, Dempster is 4-4 with 2 saves and a 5.05 ERA. Injured Phillies Chase Utley and Placido Polanco are a combined 16-for-31 (.516 avg) against Dempster.

Friday, 2:20pm. Joe Blanton (3-5, 6.41 ERA) vs. Ted Lilly (3-8, 4.08 ERA). In 6 road starts this season, Blanton is 1-3 with a 7.68 ERA. Blanton has no decisions and a 2.75 ERA in 3 starts against the Cubs. Alfonso Soriano is 6-for-16 (.375 avg) with 2 doubles and a triple against Blanton. Lilly is 1-4 with a 6.43 ERA in 5 career starts against the Phillies. Lilly is 2-3 with a 6.91 over his last 5 starts. In 6 days starts this year, Lilly is 0-3 with a 6.08 ERA.

Saturday, 1:05 ERA. Cole Hamels (7-7, 3.78 ERA) vs. Randy Wells (4-7, 4.61 ERA). Hamels has posted a 1-2 record with a 3.86 ERA over his last 5 starts. In 5 career starts vs. the Cubs, Hamels is 3-1 with a 2.61 ERA. Alfonso Soriano is 5-for-26 (.192 avg) with 3 homers against Hamels. In 9 home starts this year, Wells is 2-3 with a 4.61 ERA. In his last 9 starts this season, Wells has posted a 1-5 record with a 5.32 ERA.

Sunday, 8:05pm. Roy Halladay (10-7, 2.19 ERA) vs. Tom Gorzelanny (4-5, 3.16 ERA).
In his last 5 starts, Halladay is 2-2 with a 1.76 ERA. In his career against the Cubs, Halladay is 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA. Former Phillie Marlon Byrd is 5-for-13 (.385 avg) with 2 doubles and a triple against Halladay in his career. In 8 home games this season, Gorzelanny has a 1-3 record with a 4.24 ERA. Since posting a 4.55 ERA in May, Gorzelanny has a combined 2.02 ERA in June & July.


In 60 career games against the Cubs, Jimmy Rollins is a .234 hitter. Rollins is 16-for-77 (.208 avg) since returning from his most recent DL stint. Rollins hit 3 homeruns in 6 games against the Cubs last season.

Jayson Werth has 2 RBI in his last 16 games. In 14 career games at Wrigley Field, Werth is a .333 hitter with 4 homeruns and 14 RBI.

In 15 career games against the Phillies, Kosuke Fukudome is a .233 hitter with a .675 OPS.

Derrek Lee is 0-for-13 in his career against Phillies closer Brad Lidge.

Phillies team runs scored- 410
Cubs team runs scored- 359
________________________________________

You can follow PhoulBallz.com on Twitter HERE.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

This Guy Speaks For All of You

This individual, interviewed by FOX 29 on Friday as the Phillies arrived back at Citizens Bank Park, said it best. When asked how he felt regarding the Phillies, he told Steve Keeley that he was, "Stoked, baby!" The unidentified phanatic then proclaimed, "We are talking about the Fightins here, the Fightins! Said!" Check out the media player below, as the transcribed version certainly does not do this phireball of phandom justice. The Phillies forced game 6 of the National League Championship Series with a 4-2 victory over the Giants in San Francisco on Thursday night. Game 6 will feature Roy Oswalt vs. Jonathan Sanchez in a return pitching match up from game 2. First pitch is scheduled for 7:57 pm EST at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Be sure to tune in on 97.3 ESPN's Weekend Sports Guide with Tyrone Johnson this afternoon around 1:15pm to hear me chatting about the Phillies! 97.3 is based in Atlantic City. You can listen live online HERE . _________

Rappers in Phillies Caps

Weekend greetings to you phine pholks out there. Today's post features pictures of rappers wearing Phillies caps. Why rappers in Phillies caps, you ask? Because... Any other questions? We will start things off properly by going with a highly recognizable hip hop star. 50 Cent stays constantly relavant by consistantly creating radio friendly material to help sell (G) units, while he "keeps it real" by still rapping about the thug life he lived before becoming the 2nd highest earning black entertainer in America. 50 is seen here in a recent interview rocking a throw-back Phillies cap. Next up we'll use a throw-back screen cap from what may be the very first major appearance by a rapper wearing Phillies gear. Chuck D, of legendary rap group Public Enemy, wore a Phillies cap in the music video for rap anthem Fight The Power in 1989. The song was the lead single from the soundtrack for Spike Lee's film Do The Right Thing . Next up we'll go with some home gro

McGwire Stays Phony, Despite Admitting Drug Use

Mark McGwire made an effort to publicly come clean today, admitting to the world that he took performance enhancing drugs during his playing career. Steroids and human growth hormones were among the drugs that McGwire admitted to using. MLB Network featured a one on one interview with Bob Costas and McGwire on Monday evening. The broadcast was virtually garbage, thanks to McGwire. Ahead is a list of quotes from McGwire's interview. McGwire repeatedly stated his point of view that there were no dishonorable intentions involved when taking steroids, and that he was merely using them as a means to recover from varying ailments. When asked if he felt like he cheated... "As I look back now...I can see how people would say that. As far as the talent goes and the hand-eye coordination, the ability, the genetics I was given...I don't see it." "I did not take this for any strength purposes." Denial. Read on for similar B.S. He whined about the abuse he'