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Series Preview: Cubs at Phillies, 6/9-6/12

Sporting the best record in the Major Leagues, the Phillies (37-25) will play host for a 4-game series against the Cubs (24-36), who are 11 1/2 games out of first place in the National League Central division.

Jimmy Rollins, who has been sidelined in recent days with a deep bone bruise in his right knee, will be back in the Phillies' lineup Thursday night.

Read ahead for details on the pitching match ups and more statistics from this series.


Thursday, 7:05PM. Randy Wells (1-1, 5.74 ERA) vs. Kyle Kendrick (3-4, 3.78 ERA). In 1 career outing against the Phillies, Wells threw 7 scoreless innings. In 3 starts this season, batters are hitting .246 against Wells. Kendrick has pitched 1 scoreless inning against the Cubs in his career. In 8 games at home this season, Kendrick is 1-3 with a 4.24 ERA. Kendrick has a 19-16 record with a 4.65 ERA in 56 career regular season games at Citizens Bank Park.

Friday, 7:05PM. Carlos Zambrano (5-2, 3.98 ERA) vs. Roy Halladay (8-3, 2.56 ERA). In 7 road starts this season, Zambrano is 4-1 with a 4.53 ERA. Zambrano has a 1-0 record and a 2.02 ERA over his last 4 starts. In 5 career games at CBP, the righty Zambrano is 2-2 with a 4.28 ERA. In 7 home starts this year, Halladay has a 4-1 record with a 2.66 ERA. Aramis Ramirez is 2-for-13 (.154 avg) in his career against Halladay. 97 strike outs for Halladay rank second in the National League behind teammate Cliff Lee who has 100.

Saturday, 4:10PM. Matt Garza (2-5, 4.07 ERA) vs. Cliff Lee (5-5, 3.62 ERA). In 1 career start against Philadelphia, Garza got a win, allowing 1 run over 8 innings. Garza has a 1-3 record with a 5.16 ERA in 5 road starts this season. Raul Ibanez is 4-for-9 (.444 avg) with a double and 2 HR in his career against Garza. In 7 home starts this season, Lee is 4-1 with a 2.34 ERA. Lee is 3-0 with a 1.56 ERA in his last 3 home starts.

Sunday, 1:35PM. Doug Davis (0-5,6.37 ERA) vs. Roy Oswalt (3-4, 3.05 ERA). Davis has a 12.38 ERA in 2 road starts this season. Davis has a 2-2 record with a 3.71 ERA in 8 games against the Phils. Jimmy Rollins is 3-for-24 (.125 avg) in his career against Davis. In his last 6 starts, Oswalt is 0-4 with a 3.93 ERA. Oswalt has a 14-13 record and a 3.82 ERA in 32 career games against the Cubs. Kosuke Fukudome is 2-for-19 (.105 avg) in his career vs. Oswalt.



In 17 career games against the Phillies, Kosuke Fukudome is a .227 hitter. Fukudome is batting .213 in 20 road games this season.

Geovany Soto is a .235 hitter in 17 career games against the Phillies. Soto is batting .170 against right-handed pitchers this season.

In 10 games against the Phillies, reliever Carlos Marmol is 0-1 with 3 saves, 1 blown save, a 3.86 ERA and .081 batting average against. Marmol has a 0.55 ERA in 15 road games this season.

Rollins has a .224 batting average in 64 career games against the Cubs.

In 35 career games against the Cubs, Chase Utley has a .305 batting average and a .934 OPS. Utley is hitting .150 in 6 home games this season.

Rookie Domonic Brown has a .138 batting average in 8 home games this year.

Cubs team batting average- .269
Phillies team batting average- .247
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