As you may know, the Cubs have not played well in Chase Field over its history -- and it didn't matter when it was called Bank One Ballpark, either.
The Cubs are 39-53 all-time against the Diamondbacks since their inception in 1998. This includes a 24-24 mark at Wrigley Field (3-1 this year), and 15-29 in Phoenix.
Yes, that's right. 15-29 -- and that's after going 4-2 there in 1998, the D'backs' expansion season. That's one of only two years the Cubs have had a winning record in Phoenix (2-1 in 2003 was the other). So since 1999, the Cubs are 11-27 in Phoenix, a .238 winning percentage.
The good news -- maybe -- is that the Diamondbacks' pitching staff this year is horrific. They have allowed 427 runs -- the most in the NL and 110 more than the Cubs. They've allowed 109 home runs -- 21 more than the next worst staff, the Pirates. Their bullpen has allowed 46% of inherited runners to score, worst in the league, and only one reliever on their staff has an ERA under 5.00 -- that would be ex-Cub Aaron Heilman, who took over as the D'backs closer from Chad Qualls, when Qualls simply couldn't get anyone out.
Seriously. If the Cubs hitters can't hit these pitchers, this season could wind up historically bad.
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
|2010 - Tom Gorzelanny||2-5||16||10||0||0||1||0||63.0||57||28||22||3||29||65||3.14||1.37|
|2010 - Ian Kennedy||3-6||16||16||0||0||0||0||100.1||83||46||42||17||40||89||3.77||1.23|
Ian Kennedy's only career start -- a win -- against the Cubs was on April 30 at Wrigley Field. Even though that was only a little more than two months ago, there are already three players who appeared in that game for the Cubs who are no longer with the team. Kosuke Fukudome hit a grand slam off Kennedy, but the Cubs were losing 13-1 at the time. Sound familiar?
Tom Gorzelanny threw seven solid innings vs. the D'backs on May 2 at Wrigley Field, getting that rare and elusive statistic for a 2010 Cub, a "win". He has only one "win" to his credit since then. Current members of the D'backs are hitting .319 off Tom (22-for-69) with four HR. He'll have to be on his game today.
Today's game is on CSN Chicago and FSN Arizona. Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.
Today's first pitch thread will be up at 3 pm CDT, and the overflows will post at 4:15, 5:15 and 6 pm CDT.
Discuss amongst yourselves.