PHI: 18-19, 5th in NL East; CHC: 15-21, 5th in NL Central
When: May 16-17
Where: Wrigley Field (Chicago, IL)
Wednesday: Kyle Kendrick (0-3, 7.32) vs Matt Garza (2-1, 2.36)
Thursday: Roy Halladay (3-3, 3.20) vs Chris Volstad (0-5, 6.92)
Wednesday, 8:05, CSN
Thursday, 8:05, PHL 17
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Cubs SS Starlin Castro (13) and 1B Bryan LaHair (6). (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Player to Watch – 1B Bryan LaHair: LaHair is one of the hottest hitters in baseball, hitting .352 with a scorching 1.158 OPS. He’s leading the team with nine doubles and 10 home runs and is second to Starlin Castro in RBIs with 21. He killed the Phillies in the last series, going 7-for-15 with four doubles, a home run and three RBIs.
Series Overview: The Phillies are rolling right now, winning three straight and four of their last five games. They’re now heading to Chicago for a mini two-game road trip before coming back home against Boston and they have a chance to add to their winning streak and climb out of the cellar.
At 18-19, the Phillies are near .500 again, hoping to finally get over the hump that has eluded them through the first 37 games.
Hunter Pence has had a weird 10-game stretch. He’s hitting .244 (10-for-41) but five of his 10 hits have been home runs.
Carlos Ruiz and Juan Pierre are continuing their success on top of the team’s batting average list, hitting .337 and .330 respectively. Chooch is second to Pence in home runs (6) and RBIs (23) on the team.
Next up is Chicago, who has a couple of star hitters as well. LaHair (.352, 10, 21) and Castro (.331, 1, 22) are Chicago’s top offensive producers this season. Alfonso Soriano has 18 RBIs but has hit only one home run this season.
Pitching is going to be interesting for both teams. Kyle Kendrick will make a start in place of the injured Vance Worley, pitching against the Cubs ace Matt Garza. But on Thursday, Philly’s ace Roy Halladay will take on Chris Volstad, who has failed to win a start this season.
Stay tuned for a pregame preview that will talk more about why Kendrick is pitching in place of Worley.