July 24, 2004

Cubs overmatch Phils to open series

The Cubs showed the Phils why it's NL East or bust if they have any hopes for the postseason.

Alou, Sosa and Phillie-killer Derek Lee, sleeping giants in the first half, each homered to help the Cubbies slug their way to to three straight.

The strikeout-prone Phils struggled once again with a pitcher who can rush the ball to the plate in a hurry, as Kerry Wood demonstrated over 6 innings, striking out 6 and giving up 1 ER.

Since the Phils can't hit fireballers, or lefties, they'll try their lucky today against RHP Carlos Zambrano who can ground ball you to death.

He's 1-3 with a 4.91 ERA in his last four starts, but he's considered by some to have the best stuff in that excellent rotation.

ESPN.com scouting Zambrano: "A terrific late-moving two-seamer that he throws in the low 90s ... hitters can do little but strike out or beat the ball into the ground when Zambrano has his control. He also throws a straight four-seamer, a slider and a hard splitter. It's tough to get the ball in the air against him, and even tougher to get it out of the park."

Why bother
After a day of Chase Utley worship by many-a-blog, he went 0-4 yesterday. Mike Lieberthal, who faced the ire of many-a-blog, went 2-4. Placido Polanco, generally not a blogger darling, supplied the only RBI.


At 8:52 PM, Blogger Brian said...

A rookie with 9 home runs in limited playing time is entitled to an occasional 0-4, especially when he's batting in a new position in the lineup. Chase kinda redeemed himself today, huh?


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