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Know Your Foe #34: Annoying Cubs, fans head to Coors Field looking to take season series over Rockies

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CHICAGO CUBS (46-56, 4th in NL Central)

Last Series vs. Rockies: May 17-18, 2010 @ Wrigley Field (W 2-0)

The Cubs' pitching kept the Rockies' bats quiet on their way to sweeping the short series during what was previously Colorado's worst road trip of the season (before the post-ASG one, of course). Randy Wells, who won't see action in the upcoming series, allowed just one run in 6.2 innings in the first game of the series. Aaron Cook did his best to counter and kept the Rockies in the game, but the Cubs eventually won thanks to a walkoff two-run homer by Aramis Ramirez. Carlos Silva took the mound in the second game and picked up the victory despite nearly squandering a three-run lead, as he allowed a two-run homer to Todd Helton that got Colorado back to within a run. However, the Cubs picked up three insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to secure the sweep. Tyler Colvin paced the Chicago offense with three hits in that ballgame.

Recent Series Results: won 2-1 vs. St. Louis, lost 1-2 at Houston

The Cubs have recently won series over the likes of the Cardinals and Phillies, but have lost two series to the Astros in that same time frame. First baseman Derrek Lee has pulled himself off of the trade market by exercising his full no-trade clause. Interest was building quickly for the veteran after he hit .341/.370/.477 over his last ten games before having the Cubs' last game off. Aramis Ramirez has enjoyed a superb July, posting a 1.062 OPS with nine home runs. Conversely, Carlos Silva has cooled in July after having a nice first half. He's 2-2 with a 6.86 ERA and a .936 OPS-against this month. Catcher Geovany Soto (.286/.403/.523) has been enjoying a nice bounce-back season, but has been sidelined for the past couple of games with a foot injury. Finally, SP/RP Carlos Zambrano is set to rejoin the team, although his potential role in the upcoming series has yet to be defined.

Friday-Sunday: 3-game series @ Coors Field

Expected Pitching Matchups

Friday, 30 July 2010 @ 7:10pm MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Ryan Dempster 8-7 22 21 1 0 0 0 140.2 126 65 58 19 54 134 3.71 1.28


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Jeff Francis 3-3 13 13 0 0 0 0 75.0 82 40 38 4 18 44 4.56 1.33

Saturday, 31 July 2010 @ 6:10pm MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Tom Gorzelanny 6-5 20 14 0 0 1 0 86.2 80 39 31 4 44 84 3.22 1.43


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Jason Hammel 7-6 18 18 0 0 0 0 110.0 118 55 53 10 31 95 4.34 1.35

Sunday, 1 August 2010 @ 1:10pm MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Carlos Silva 10-4 19 19 0 0 0 0 107.2 109 47 45 10 22 76 3.76 1.22


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Jorge De La Rosa 3-3 8 8 0 0 0 0 43.2 39 30 25 6 24 48 5.15 1.44

More after the jump...

Expected Lineup

Player Pos AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO BABIP wOBA
Tyler Colvin
RF 0.267 0.325 0.547 0.873 0.280 0.309 0.372
Starlin Castro
SS 0.311 0.360 0.446 0.806 0.135 0.350 0.345
Derrek Lee
1B 0.248 0.333 0.387 0.720 0.139 0.297 0.319
Aramis Ramirez
3B 0.224 0.279 0.428 0.707 0.203 0.228 0.303
Marlon Byrd
CF 0.313 0.376 0.469 0.845 0.156 0.341 0.374
Alfonso Soriano
LF 0.268 0.334 0.530 0.865 0.262 0.306 0.374
Geovany Soto
C 0.286 0.403 0.523 0.926 0.237 0.322 0.401
Ryan Theriot
2B 0.285 0.321 0.329 0.650 0.044 0.320 0.292

 

Bench

Player Pos AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO BABIP wOBA
Koyie Hill C 0.198 0.234 0.257 0.491 0.059 0.286 0.211
Jeff Baker
Util
0.238 0.286 0.385 0.670 0.146 0.308 0.296
Mike Fontenot
IF
0.283 0.329 0.396 0.726 0.113 0.321 0.316
Kosuke Fukudome
OF
0.250 0.356 0.405 0.762 0.155 0.275 0.337
Xavier Nady
OF
0.223 0.289 0.338 0.627 0.115 0.271 0.282

 

Closer


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Carlos Marmol 2-2 48 0 0 0 19 4 48.1 25 14 14 1 34 91 2.61 1.22

Injuries


Chicago Cubs Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Geovany Soto foot 07/30/2010

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
John Grabow knee 06/29/2010
Esmailin Caridad elbow 05/19/2010

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Angel Guzman shoulder 03/26/2010