Game Info: 7:05 on MyPhl17 and 1210 AM
Starting Pitchers: Tom Gorzelanny (1-4, 3.60) vs. Jamie Moyer (5-2, 4.57)
The night after a bad 2-1 loss to the Pirates, the Phillies begin a short two game series with the Cubs. The Cubs come in winners of three straight but still in the midst of yet another disappointing season. Ace Carlos Zambrano was pitching so poorly that manager Lou Pinella moved him into the set-up role in the bullpen. Pinella's job may not be safe either but odds are he will at least finish the season before anything happens. The good news for the Cubs is that left fielder Alfonso Soriano is finally starting to hit and SS Ryan Theriot is batting .319. In fact the Cubs have four starters batting over .300 for the season: former Phillie Marlon Byrd (.340), Soriano (.320), Theriot (.319), and RF Kosuke Fukudome (.313). As a team, the Cubs are 4th in the NL in average at .270, the Phillies are first at .278.
Jamie Moyer will be the first to face the Cubs lineup tonight as he looks for his sixth win of 2010. Moyer has had two straight good starts which has lowered his ERA from 5.70 to 4.57. He has picked up a win in three straight starts. Jamie, who started his career with the Cubs in 1986, is 3-1 against the Cubs in his career with a 4.86 ERA.
On the mound for the Cubs is Tom Gorzelanny who may have the best picture on his player bio that I've seen so far.
Kind of reminds me of Dracula...
Gorzelanny's ERA has risen progressivley since his first start. In his last start, he pitched five innings against the Pirates, giving up five runs on nine hits. He's allowed exactly as many hits as innings pitched (40 & 40). In his career, he is 0-1 against the Phils.
Weather Forecast: 69 degrees, partly cloudy, 20% chance of rain, winds 7 MPH in from left
Probable Cubs Starters
C - Geovany Soto (.298, 4 HR, 10 RBI)
1B - Derrek Lee (.229, 4 HR, 17 RBI)
2B - Ryan Theriot (.319, 0 HR, 14 RBI)
SS - Starlin Castro (.350, 1 HR, 8 RBI)
3B - Aramis Ramirez (.171, 4 HR, 20 RBI)
LF - Alfonso Soriano (.320, 7 HR, 23 RBI)
CF - Marlon Byrd (.340, 7 HR, 25 RBI)
RF - Kosuke Fukudome (.313, 5 HR, 20 RBI)
Closer - Carlos Marmol (1-0, 1.37, 6 for 8 SV opp.)