Both these teams come into today's game having lost six of their last 10.
Which one do you think is more likely to stop that sort of thing over the weekend? (Hint: it's not the Phillies.)
The recent history of these teams would not tell you that, though. The Cubs have won the season series from the Phillies just once since 2000 -- and that was in 2010, a season in which the Cubs lost 87 games and the Phillies won 97. Since 1998 the Phillies are 74-48 against the Cubs, 39-24 at Wrigley Field. The .393 winning percentage in that span is the Cubs' worst against any National League team.
Since 2011 the Phillies are 10-4 at Wrigley.
Time to stop all that, I'd think.
Here are today's particulars.
Fowler CF, Zobrist 2B, Bryant 1B, Soler LF, Szczur RF, Russell SS, Baez 3B, Ross C, Lester P
Anthony Rizzo gets his first day off this year, and except for Jon Lester, it's an all-RH lineup against the Phillies lefty Adam Morgan.
Herrera CF, Galvis SS, Franco 3B, Joseph 1B, Ruiz C, Hernandez 2B, Goeddel LF, Morgan P, Bourjos RF
Jon Lester's last start was pretty bad, but I'm going to assume it was an aberration and he'll get back on track against the Phillies. He faced them once last year: July 24 at Wrigley Field, and threw seven good innings, allowing two runs, with no walks and six strikeouts. An outing like that should be enough to win this game.
Adam Morgan entered the Phillies rotation when Charlie Morton went on the disabled list. He's made five starts. Two of them were decent, two mediocre and one bad. It should be noted that his two "decent" starts were against the Braves' futile offense. Morgan has one career start against the Cubs, last September 11 in Philadelphia. The Cubs hit him pretty hard. I think they'll do so again.
Today's game is on CSN Chicago.
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The 2016 Game Thread procedure will be the same as the one used at the end of 2015. Here's how it works.
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