Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Phillies – 07/19/11

Game Ninety-Eight: Cubs (39-58) vs. Phillies (59-36)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet, MLB Network – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 89
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Matt Garza (4-7, 3.97/1.33) vs. Cliff Lee (9-6, 2.82/1.06)

Could the Cubs pull off their second surprise in as many days and not only win a series for the first time in over a month but also beat Cliff Lee for the first time?

The Cubs put together a solid game on Monday night and tacked on runs after Roy Halladay was forced to leave the game. The Cubs have not fared too well against Cliff Lee over the years and to pull off back-to-back wins against the best two pitchers in the NL could provide rare highlights in a season full of disappointment.

Carlos Marmol returned to the hill Monday night for the first time since Friday. Marmol showed improvement early before issuing back-to-back two out walks. Marmol did not allow a run but will not be used as the team’s closer for now. Sean Marshall will likely handle those duties while Marmol and Kerry Wood try to find their command.

Tonight it all starts with Matt Garza

Matt Garza is coming off a solid seven-inning outing against the Fish. Garza tossed seven innings of shutout ball and allowed just six hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Garza was inline for the win but Carlos Marmol could not throw a strike … last Thursday was the third would-be-victory for Matt Garza that Marmol could not save.

Other than the two-plus inning start against the Nationals, Garza has been very good over the last two months … since May 11, Garza has allowed more than three earned runs in three of his 10 starts.

Even with his horrible outing against Washington, Garza is 0-1 in his last three starts with a 3.50 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.

Matt Garza is 3-3 in nine starts at Wrigley this season with a 2.88 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.

Garza took the loss in Philly back on June 11 after allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits in six innings. Garza walked three and struck out four. For his career, Garza is 1-1 in two starts versus the Phillies with a 1.29 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.

Phillies Career Numbers against Matt Garza

  • Domonic Brown – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Ben Francisco – 3-for-7 with a double and 2 walks
  • Ryan Howard – 0-for-5 with a walk
  • Raul Ibanez – 4-for-12 with a double, 2 home runs and a walk
  • Cliff Lee – 1-for-3
  • Jimmy Rollins – 0-for-7 with a walk
  • Carlos Ruiz – 1-for-5 with a walk
  • Chase Utley – 1-for-4 with a walk
  • Shane Victorino – 1-for-6 with a walk

Cliff Lee, arguably the best southpaw in the game right now, is coming off a tremendous eight-inning start against the Braves. Lee received a no decision after allowing one run on three hits with two walks and nine strikeouts.

Lee showed he is human back on July 3. After allowing just one run in June, ironically enough the Cubs scored the run, the Blue Jays pounded out 10 hits, smacked three home runs and scored seven runs with six of them being earned.

Cliff Lee has never lost to the Cubs and beat Q’s squad back on June 11. The Cubs managed only one run on four hits with two walks and Lee struck out seven. The veteran southpaw is 4-0 in five career starts versus the Cubs with a 1.59 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, 1-0 in two starts with a 2.40 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Cliff Lee

  • Jeff Baker – 3-for-6 with a double and a walk
  • Darwin Barney – 2-for-4
  • Marlon Byrd – 6-for-15 with 3 doubles and a walk
  • Starlin Castro – 0-for-6 with a walk
  • Blake DeWitt – 1-for-3
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 1-for-3 with a walk
  • Matt Garza – 0-for-2
  • Reed Johnson – 3-for-8 with a home run and 2 walks
  • Carlos Pena – 6-for-32 with 3 home runs and a walk
  • Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-6 with a home run and a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 6-for-18 with a double, a home run and a walk
  • Geovany Soto – 1-for-10 with a double and 3 walks

Boys of Spring – The Movie
Friend of the CCO, Tim Sheridan, is putting the finishing touches on a Cubs documentary about his time with the Chicago Cubs. Tim is the long-time P.A. announcer at HoHoKam Park in Mesa and the film is full of behind the scenes, never-before-see footage shot by Tim as he worked next to Cubs legends like Harry Caray and Ron Santo.

From the official press release: To be a part of Boys of Spring – The Movie, fans can donate as little as $10 using an Amazon.com account. As a thank you, fans will receive a copy of the Boys of Spring documentary before its official release next spring. There are a range of donation levels and rewards available on Kickstarter.com, including Cubs memorabilia and your name in the movie’s credits.

Boys of Spring isn’t about a team winning or losing. It’s about something deeper. An examination of life on its winding path and how, in spite of perceived failures, there is happiness and success. Cub fans will find joy this season and for years to come with the Boys of Spring film by donating and claiming their place in Cubs history. An epic World Series drought can’t stop the faithful Cubs followers, who know better than anyone – “There’s always next spring!”

The CCO will be running reminders during game previews for the next few weeks and I encourage the Faithful to check out ‘Boys of Spring – The Movie

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