Phillies (9-10) at Chicago Cubs (6-13)
Friday, 7:05 - Roy Halladay v. Paul Maholm
Saturday, 7:05 - Joe Blanton v. Randy Wells
Sunday, 1:35 - Kyle Kendrick v. Matt Garza
Monday, 7:05 - Cole Hamels v.Jeff Samardjiza
Lil Bears Batting:
Runs - 66 (24th)
Avg - .235 (25th)
Slug - .333 (28th)
Bryan LaHair spent 5 years in AAA between Seattle and Chicago, hitting over .300 with 89 home runs in the last three seasons combined. He missed the first three games of the season injured (so I dropped him from my fantasy team...) but has 4 homers and a .364 average since returning. After LaHair, there's little power in the lineup. The Cubs have 7 home runs. Seven!
Lil Bears Pitching:
ERA - 4.37 (24th)
WHIP - 1.37 (20th)
BAA - .242 (13th)
Ryan Dempster has been great so far, but will miss the Phils this series. The rest of the staff has been completely average. This is the type of pitchers the Phils should hit, especially because the bullpen is pretty bad (see below.)
Their Phillies-like Hitter:
Ian Stewart - This is Stewart's second time being in this category. He was Colorado's "Michael Martinez" last season. This year, he's hitting only .175 with a single home run. The last two seasons combined he's hitting .162. Do you think there's a Cubs blogger somewhere asking for him to retire? There should be...
Their Danys Baez:
Almost the entire bullpen. James Russell has an ERA of 0.00 after 8 appearances. After him they have Carlos Marmol (5.40), Rodrigo Lopez (5.68), Lendy Castillo (7.94) and the currently disabled Kerry Wood (11.57).
Their JD Drew:
Jeff Samadjiza - He played football for Notre Dame That immediately makes him extremely villainous. Also, he took this creepy picture.
What I'm Drinking:
Corey - Bud Light Platinum - Anybody that knows me knows that I love cheap beer. High Life, Natty Bo, Keystone Light. Yum. My friends also know that I hate Bud Light. So I was surprised when I was given a recommendation to get it and my brother-in-law showed up with a sixer. The guy at the distributor said they can't even keep it in stock it's so popular. Well, let me tell you, I liked it better the first time when it was called Icehouse. Seriously, while it's better then the alcoholic ipecac that is Bud Light, this beer is good for one thing - getting drunk. It's 6.0% ABV and 99% bad tasting. Avoid.
What I'm Listening To:
Corey - Ryan Adams - iTune Session - A man and his guitar is a beautiful thing. I just wish he would have done more than 8 songs because this is a great example of what makes stripped-down, simple, 'unplugged' music so great. Of course, you could also watch Lil Wayne on 'MTV Unplugged' where he is accompanied by no fewer than 5 amplified instruments. Could someone explain how this is unplugged? I'm surprised a group like MTV would bastardize such a great thing...
Magic Number Watch:
The Phils are not in first place. This section is obviously completely unnecessary, but I'm going to leave it here, if only as a painful reminder of the last 5 seasons...
You'd think that the Phils could take 3 fo 4 easily, but then you remember that Kyle Kendrick is going to lose one of the games and the offense is due to go scoreless in at least one. So I guess I'll say split series.