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It’s the Cubs versus Roy Halladay tonight in Philadelphia, and obviously he’s a tough nut to crack. You almost have to hope he’s off his game, because even if you’re on yours, you still might not hit him. Paul Maholm will try to string together back-to-back solid starts. The Phillies’ lineup is one against whom you can do that.

It’s a national game tonight on MLBN (and CSN), so get your watchin’ on.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (6-13) at Philadelphia Phillies (9-10), 6:05pm CT on CSN and MLBN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

The Game Thread lives here. You should participate in the madness. And, of course, for those who aren’t into message board-style game threads, please feel free to use the comments on this post for your in-game commentary/outbursts.

The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Paul Maholm (1-2, 8.36 ERA, 1.57 WHIP)

versus

Roy Halladay (3-1, 1.50 ERA, 0.0% HR/FB rate, .213 BABIP, 82.8 LOB% (see if you can figure why I posted those three))

Philadelphia Phillies Lineup

1. Juan Pierre, LF

2. Placido Polanco, 3B

3. Jimmy Rollins, SS

4. Hunter Pence, RF

5. Shane Victorino, CF

6. Ty Wigginton, 1B

7. Carlos Ruiz, C

8. Freddy Galvis, 2B

9. Roy Halladay, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Tony Campana, CF

3. Starlin Castro, SS

4. Bryan LaHair, 1B

5. Alfonso Soriano, LF

6. Ian Stewart, 3B

7. Darwin Barney, 2B

8. Geovany Soto, C

9. Paul Maholm, P

  • Jay Anderson Jr

    Victorino is hitting without playing a position. Haha! Brett, hows that?

  • ty

    Doc Holiday with our very own scout Tim Wilken responsible for his draft.

  • die hard

    I will be sitting behind home plate and only one wearing a Cub hat as I am following team for awhile

  • TC

    “(3-1, 1.50 ERA, 0.0% HR/FB rate, .213 BABIP, 82.8 LOB% (see if you can figure why I posted those three))”

    you posted them because they’re luck numbers! and not sustainable!

    Clearly the Cubs are gonna score 15 runs tonight!

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      BAM! Nailed it!

      • TC

        yay! what do I win!

        …it better be Cubs tickets, Brett…

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Come back in about two weeks…

  • Robert

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC90OP5fepk
    A little reminder of why where all Cubs Fans

  • Jed

    Didn’t the Cubs do really well against Halladay last year?

    • Cubbie Blue

      I’m pretty sure they did. Halladay had a “Heat Stroke” or something?

  • http://!? Houston Transplant

    Ha, Halladay is on my fantasy team…I hope he gives up 2 but pitches like…8 or 9 innings.

    Cubs win, 2-1.

  • FromFenwayPahk

    I’m confused. Is THIS game thread?

    • TWC

      The one on the Message Board, kemosabe.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      The link to the Game Thread will always be in the Pre-Gamin’ post. But some folks don’t like to do the Message Board thing, so the Pre-Gamin’ post becomes kind of like a secondary, mini game thread.

  • Zogie

    Wow that was a terrible display of hitting. Halladay just made LaHair, Sori, and Stewart look terrible. LaHair chased 2 pitches, Sori chased 3, and Stewart chased 1. They need to be patient against Halladay.

    • drew

      They havent shown patience all year, probably not gonna see it against Doc

  • JustSwain

    I can’t post on the game thread:( Any suggestions?

    • TWC

      Sign in to the Message Board and get going!

      • JustSwain

        I am signed it, it shows my name but says I cannot post on this topic.

  • JustSwain

    First Blood!

  • JustSwain

    Hey Brett, when you get a chance can you see if there is a problem with my account validation? I can’t post on the message boards (used to be able to) and its saying my account hasn’t been validated.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I don’t have an explanation for what changed, but you should be good to go (just validated you).

      • JustSwain

        Thanks, its nice to feel validated.

  • morgan

    the more i see campana play the more i like him, needs to play over dejesus, campana not going to hit hrs, but watching dejesus play i dont think he will hit over 5 hrs this season, and he cant steel bases, campana the perfect leadoff hitter, hopefully we trade dejesus at the deadline

    • JustSwain

      Dejesus started the game with a .385 OBP. Pretty good for a leadoff hitter.

      • drew

        This guy gets it

    • drew

      What exactly is your definition of a “perfect leadoff hitter”?

  • Zogie

    Just a quick thought. Another advantage of having Campana on base. LaHair saw more fastballs in that AB then he had all night because Halladay did not want Campana to steal second base.

  • JustSwain

    Come see C.B. Buckner and his magical moving strikezone! Now you see it, now you don’t! Brenly called him a joke on air, that’s awesome.

  • JustSwain

    Maholm is the Mahan. He outdueled Halladay! What a great game.

    • Diesel

      Halladay doesn’t fair well against the cubs. I think his record is 1-5 against us.

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