The Cubs have had eight road series before this one in Philadelphia.
So, six series wins, two series losses. Let's make it seven series wins today, shall we?
Note: There's a pretty good chance of rain in Philadelphia this afternoon and it's possible there could be delays.
Here are today's particulars.
Fowler CF, Heyward RF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Zobrist 2B, Almora LF, Montero C, Baez SS, Lackey P
The first start for Albert Almora Jr. And, Addison Russell gets the day off.
Herrera CF, Hernandez 2B, Galvis SS, Franco 3B, Howard 1B, Rupp C, Asche LF, Goeddel RF, Velasquez P
For the third day in a row, we have a pitching rematch from the series at Wrigley Field. On May 29, John Lackey threw seven strong innings against the Phillies, allowing four hits and one run. Meanwhile, the Cubs scored seven runs in 4⅔ innings off Vince Velasquez, including home runs from Miguel Montero and Ben Zobrist. Lackey has been excellent since the beginning of May, posting a 1.81 ERA and 0.846 WHIP in seven starts covering 49⅔ innings, or more than seven per start. Meanwhile, Velasquez hasn't gotten out of the fifth inning in any of his last three starts.
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.
You'll find the game preview posted separately on the front page, two hours before game time (90 minutes for some early day games following night games).
At the same time, a StoryStream™ containing the preview will also post on the front page. The First Pitch Thread and all the overflow threads will be published in that stream, as well as the recap. The recap will also live on the front page as a separate post, and at the time I write the recap I will rename the stream "Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of Week) Game Threads" so you can go back and find every thread related to that particular game.
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