|PHILADELPHIA ( LEE )|
CHICAGO CUBS ( SAMARDZIJA )
|953||PHILADELPHIA||-130||Ov 6.5,-115||-125||Ov 6.5,+100|
|954||CHICAGO CUBS||+120||Un 6.5,-105||+115||Un 6.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-0||+1||1-0||14.0||0.386||0.460||10.0||0.350||0.409|
|Past 7 Games||2-2||+0.2||1-3||6.5||0.300||0.356||4.7||0.269||0.342|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-1||+0.4||0-2||1.5||0.203||0.261||1.5||0.194||0.254|
|Past 7 Games||1-3||-1.9||0-3||2.0||0.201||0.268||3.5||0.203||0.282|
|3/31/2014||LEE(L)||@ TEXAS||SCHEPPERS(R)||14-10||W||-110||8 un||O||17||9||0||14||7||1|
|4/1/2014||BURNETT(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)||2-3||L||130||8.5 un||U||8||6||0||10||12||1|
|4/2/2014||KENDRICK(R)||@ TEXAS||ROSS(L)||3-4||L||160||9.5 un||U||9||8||3||9||8||2|
|4/4/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||7-2||W||125||11 un||U||11||9||0||3||3||1|
|4/5/2014||LEE(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|4/6/2014||BURNETT(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)|| |
|4/12/2014|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|3/31/2014||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)||0-1||L||160||6.5 un||U||6||8||0||6||5||1|
|4/2/2014||JACKSON(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)||3-4||L||140||7 un||P||15||19||2||8||15||2|
|4/3/2014||HAMMEL(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||RODRIGUEZ(L)||3-2||W||145||7 ev||U||7||3||1||6||5||0|
|4/11/2014||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)|| |
|4/12/2014|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|PHILADELPHIA: PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ryan Howard and his teammates have heard critics say the window has closed for the Philadelphia Phillies.|
They just don't believe it.
After a dominant run that included five straight NL East titles, two pennants and the 2008 World Series championship, the Phillies have missed the postseason two consecutive years. They have an aging core of players who've been declining.
Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Ruiz are the remaining regulars from the group that led Philadelphia to its best era of baseball from 2007-11 under former manager Charlie Manuel.
They're determined to make another run.
''We've had a bad couple years and had injuries and all that stuff, but I don't think it's over,'' Howard said. ''People are entitled to their opinions and that's fine, but it's up to us to go out there and show them otherwise and go out and play our game and do what we do.''
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. refused to start the rebuilding process after the Phillies' first losing season since 2002. Instead, he re-signed Utley and Ruiz and added veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd and right-hander A.J. Burnett in free agency.
If the older players live up to their hefty contracts and younger guys like 2013 All-Star Domonic Brown, Cody Asche and Ben Revere continue to develop, the Phillies should be in contention.
''I think we're positive. We're expecting to win and plan on doing everything we can to ensure that,'' ace lefty Cliff Lee said.
|CHICAGO CUBS: CHICAGO (AP) - Wrigley Field is decked out for the party of a century.|
As for the Chicago Cubs?
It looks like there won't be much to celebrate this season other than their ballpark's 100th anniversary. As Wrigley hits a milestone, the Cubs remain in a rebuilding mode, hoping to avoid their fifth straight losing season.
They have a new manager in Rick Renteria. Their outlook looks about the same, though.
It's all about the future, the prized prospects in the system, no matter how painful that might be to the players in uniform at the major league level. More lumps appear to be in store for the Cubs as they enter their third year with Theo Epstein as president of baseball operations.
''The objective is to win as many games as possible, be the last man standing and bring a championship to the city of Chicago,'' pitcher Edwin Jackson said. ''The motivation is still the same. The message is still the same. We want to go out and win. We don't want to go out and be a pushover.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (PHILADELPHIA-CHICAGO CUBS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Phillies-Cubs Preview* =======================
By JUSTIN EINHORN STATS Senior Editor
Philadelphia (1-2) at Chicago (1-2), 2:20 p.m. EDT
Cliff Lee certainly wasn't pleased with his opening-day start despite claiming a win.
Jeff Samardzija didn't get one but was very happy with how his went.
As Lee looks to recover by remaining unbeaten against the Chicago Cubs, Samardzija hopes a new approach leads to his first win over the Philadelphia Phillies since he was a rookie as the first series in the 100th year of Wrigley Field continues Saturday.
Like Lee (1-0, 14.40 ERA), Chase Utley will try to continue his success against the Cubs after his two-run homer and RBI single keyed Philadelphia's 7-2 win Friday in the first game of Wrigley's centennial celebration. Utley, off to a 7-for-18 start, has hit .400 with 20 RBIs in his last 18 games versus Chicago (1-3).
Lee showed that kind of dominance for much of last season, finishing 10th in the majors with a 2.87 ERA, and posted a 2.55 mark in spring training but was far from sharp Monday. The 13-year veteran tied a career high by allowing eight runs along with 11 hits in five innings but still beat his former team as the Phillies won 14-10 in Texas.
"I don't like being on the pitching side of that, but fortunately we outscored them and got the win, the main thing," Lee said after equaling his shortest outing from 2013.
The left-hander had one strikeout after finishing with 222 to rank second in the NL. Samardzija was fourth with 214, but he wouldn't mind cutting down in that department with hopes of being more efficient.
That's just what he did Monday when he went seven innings but only needed 89 pitches as the Cubs lost 1-0 to Pittsburgh in 10. Samardzija (0-0, 0.00) had three strikeouts, matching his lowest total from 2013.
"That's what we're looking for," Samardzija told the Cubs' official website. "Obviously, we're going to take a hit on strikeouts, but that's not the most important thing. The most important thing is keeping your pitch count down and getting your offense back in the dugout. That's what we're going to go for this year, is attacking the zone and making smart pitches and go for the strikeout when we need it."
Maybe that adjustment can help Samardzija solve the Phillies (2-2). He's 0-2 with a 14.18 ERA in three starts against them, including two last season as he was tagged for 14 runs and 19 hits in 10 innings. His first major league victory and only one in nine games versus Philadelphia came in a 2008 relief appearance.
Lee, on the other hand, is 4-0 with a 1.95 ERA in seven starts against the Cubs, though his only matchup with them last year was a bit shaky. He gave up three runs - two earned - and nine hits with three walks in five innings of a 4-3 defeat Aug. 31 at Wrigley.
Wellington Castillo had two hits off Lee that day and he had a solo homer Friday, giving him a .429 average with nine RBIs in his last seven games against Philadelphia.
Cubs youngsters Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro, meanwhile, are both 2 for 17 this season.
Phillies veteran Jimmy Rollins will return after missing two games following the birth of his second child. Rollins, who had five RBIs in the first two games, was in the original lineup Friday before being scratched due to an "internal miscommunication," according to manager Ryne Sandberg.
"Everything is fine," Sandberg told the team's official website. "He'll be good to go (Saturday)."
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 10:28:35 AM EST|