Game Thirty-Seven: Cubs (15-21) vs. Phillies (18-19)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 185/914
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Matt Garza (2-1, 2.56/0.98) vs. Kyle Kendrick (0-3, 7.32/2.03)
The Cubs open a five-game homestand today with the first of two against the Phillies. The homestand concludes Sunday after three with the White Sox. The Cubs split a four-game series in Philadelphia (2-2) a little over two weeks ago.
The Phillies are still without Ryan Howard and Chase Utley but are playing better ball of late. Philadelphia has crept to within a game of .500.
Tonight is a rematch of the game back on April 29 between Matt Garza and Kyle Kendrick. The Cubs won the game 5-1 behind Garza’s seven shutout innings. Vance Worley was originally scheduled to start tonight’s opener but was scratched late Tuesday afternoon with elbow soreness. The Cubs will miss Cliff Lee and will face Roy Halladay on Thursday night. Chris Volstad is scheduled to take the ball for the Cubs, in what could be one of his last starts unless he starts avoiding the one-bad inning.
In other news … Steve Clevenger and Carlos Marmol played catch in left field during Wednesday’s workout at Wrigley. The Cubs have not announced a timeframe on Steve Clevenger’s return. When he is ready to pitch, Carlos Marmol will go on a minor league rehab before being activated from the 15-day DL according to the Tribune.
Updated 4:15pm CDT – Lendy Castillo might be placed on the DL prior to game time. The Cubs’ Rule 5 Draft pick has a moderate groin strain and saw a doctor Wednesday. Scott Maine is with the team and would be activated if Castillo is placed on the disabled list.
Tonight all starts with Matt Garza … An obviously weak Matt Garza lasted only five innings in his last outing against the Brewers. Garza made his first start in 12 days after battling the flu and losing nearly 12 pounds during the time off. Following the game, he said he felt fine but being back on his routine should help him leading into tonight’s start against the Phillies.
Matt Garza ran up his pitch count as he battled to put the Brewers away and even with his struggles, Garza still allowed only one run on three hits but he walked a season-high five batters and struck out only three.
Matt Garza likes pitching at Wrigley Field and is 1-0 in three home starts this season with a 1.66 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP.
Matt Garza beat the Phillies back on April 29 in Philly after holding the depleted lineup to one hit over seven shutout innings. Garza walked one batter and struck out 10 for the tenth time in his career. Garza is 2-1 in four career regular season starts against the Phillies with a 0.96 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP.
Phillies Career Numbers against Matt Garza
- Mike Fontenot – 1-for-3
- Freddy Galvis – 0-for-2
- Kyle Kendrick – 0-for-1
- John Mayberry, Jr. – 0-for-1
- Laynce Nix – 0-for-2
- Hunter Pence – 4-for-13 with a walk
- Juan Pierre – 1-for-8 with a walk
- Placido Polanco – 2-for-14
- Jimmy Rollins – 2-for-14 with a walk
- Carlos Ruiz – 2-for-8 with a walk
- Jim Thome – 1-for-5 with a home run and four walks
- Shane Victorino – 1-for-11 with a walk
- Ty Wigginton – 4-for-22 with a double and a home run
Kyle Kendrick has pitched in two games with one start since he faced Matt Garza and the Cubs on April 29. Kendrick rebounded from his outing against the Cubs and held the Nationals to one run on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts in five innings. Kendrick returned to the pen after his outing against the Nats and blew a lead against the Mets in which he allowed five runs on four hits with two walks and no strikeouts in an inning of work.
The Cubs put three runs, two earned, on the board against Kendrick on five hits with a walk. Kendrick struck out seven in six innings. In three career games, two starts, against the Cubs, Kendrick is 0-1 with a 1.80 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP. Kendrick has pitched only one inning at Wrigley during his career (no runs, one hit, no walks or strikeouts).
Cubs Career Numbers against Kyle Kendrick
- Jeff Baker – 1-for-5 with a double
- Darwin Barney – 0-for-4
- Tony Campana – 1-for-3
- Welington Castillo – 0-for-2
- Starlin Castro – 0-for-3
- Matt Garza – 0-for-2
- Bryan LaHair – 2-for-3 with a double
- Joe Mather – 1-for-1 with a home run and a walk
- Geovany Soto – 0-for-1
- Ian Stewart – 3-for-13 with a double and a home run
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