Series Preview: Cubs

Phillies (24-14; 1st in NL East) vs. Chicago Cubs (18-22; 3rd in NL Central)

Where: Citizens Bank Park
Discussion: Liberty Bell Sports

Pitching Probables
Wed: Jamie Moyer (5-2, 4.57) vs. Tom Gorzelanny (1-4, 3.60)
Thu: Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.49) vs. Ryan Dempster (2-4, 3.49)

Wed: 7:05 pm, MyPHL17
Thu: 1:05 pm, CSN

Hot (last 7) – Ryan Howard: .438 (14-for-32), 7 R, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 7-game hitting streak.
Not – Ben Francisco: only five AB’s all month; last hit on April 27.

Player to Watch – Alfonso Soriano: He’s an all-around threat: at the plate, on base, and in the field. He’s batting .333 with no homers and five RBIs in his last 10 games. In his career against the Phillies, he’s battin .320 with seven homers, and 23 RBI in 37 games. The offense starts with Soriano for the Cubs. If the Phillies can keep him in check, it will be an easy series for the pitching.

Series Overview: The Cubs are heading into this series on a three-game winning streak… The Phillies are hot too, winning four of their last five… The Cubs are only 7-12 on the road this season while the Phillies are 11-7 at home… Blanton is in need of a dominating performance… Howard is the hottest player coming into the series and could be a huge factor against Chicago… Phillies could and should sweep the two-game series.

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