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Blogging about the 5x NL East Champion Phillies

Series Preview: at Chicago Cubs

PHI: 59-35, 1st in NL East; CHI (N): 38-58, 5th in NL Central

When: July 18-20
Where: Wrigley Field (Chicago, IL)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Roy Halladay (11-3, 2.45) vs Rodrigo Lopez (1-2, 4.02)
Saturday: Cliff Lee (9-6, 2.82) vs Matt Garza (4-7, 3.97)
Sunday: Vance Worley (5-1, 2.15) vs Ryan Dempster (7-6, 4.68)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 8:05, CSN
Saturday, 8:05, PHL 17
Sunday, 2:20, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to Watch – Aramis Ramirez: Ever since being traded to the Cubs from Pittsburgh in 2003, Ramirez has been one of their best players each season. Once again this year, he’s leading the team with 56 RBIs while hitting 16 homers and .300.

Overview – Another season is going to go by for the Chicago Cubs without a World Series ring – 103 to be exact. A miserable group of fans, Cubbie fans are, will get to see a real winning product on the field for three days at Wrigley Field when the Phils come to town.

I don't know why, but I freakin' love Starlin Castro. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Philadelphia will be sending out their two studs, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, who will be making their first starts of the second half. Along with Vance Worley, the Phils starters this series all have ERAs lower than 2.83 with at least 11 appearances (nine starts).

The Cubs (3-7 in their last 10 games) are in the middle of another funk. Prior to facing the Phils in Philadelphia last month, they were coming off a huge losing skid. Playing against the team with 21 more wins while in the middle of fun is going to be yet another difficult task for the Cubs.

The Phils will still be without injured center fielder Shane Victorino and third baseman Placido Polanco, who are both on the DL with thumb and back injuries respectively. Replacements John Mayberry and Michael Martinez have been providing a little bit of offense in their absences, with Mayberry having a big game on Friday and Martinez on Sunday.

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