Cubs-Phillies Game Thread 4/27/12

With the way the Phillies have hit over the first three weeks of the season, you’d be hard-pressed to find a similarly-impotent offense in the National League. Fortunately for the Phillies, one of them is in town tonight for the first game of a four-game series in the Chicago Cubs, who are in last place in the NL Central with a 6-13 record. As a team, the Cubs have posted a .278 wOBA, third-worst in all of baseball. They have the lowest isolated power at .098, and only one player has hit more than one home run: Bryan LaHair with four. Starter Paul Maholm will be looking to silence the Phillies in the hope that his team can scratch and claw their way to a couple runs in support. Roy Halladay, currently with a 1.50 ERA, looks to win his fourth game in five starts and, at the same time, quiet the recent concerns about his lack of strikeouts.

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  1. Bill Baer

    April 27, 2012 07:03 PM

    Colin never got back to me, and I couldn’t find anything referencing FG pitcher WAR using leverage. But he’s 100 times better with stats than I am, so I’ll take his word for it.

  2. JC

    April 27, 2012 07:06 PM

    Ok. I was also under the impression that it did not. I even think Dave Cameron said as much on a podcast recently but oh well.

  3. Colin

    April 27, 2012 07:11 PM

    Can we just clone Wiggy and start him at every position?

  4. Bill Baer

    April 27, 2012 07:13 PM

    If you had told me before the season that Ty Wigginton would have a 12-game hitting streak, I’d have tried to buy hallucinogenic drugs from you.

  5. Michael

    April 27, 2012 07:18 PM

    Gotta love hallucinogenic drugs.

  6. sixerfan1220

    April 27, 2012 07:18 PM

    how did soto beat out, votto, jurrjens, volquez and bruce for rookie of the year?

  7. Colin

    April 27, 2012 07:25 PM

    Doc is trying to play like Juan Pierre.

  8. Colin

    April 27, 2012 07:44 PM

    I don’t want to admit that I wish Laynce Nix was in the lineup.

  9. Colin

    April 27, 2012 07:54 PM

    But he’s OPSing 3.000 against them this season!!!!! (Don’t worry I’m kidding)

    I feel silly for not even thinking about Maholm being a LH.

  10. Colin

    April 27, 2012 08:08 PM

    Nothing better to follow that hit up than Juan Pierre.

  11. JC

    April 27, 2012 08:10 PM

    Juan Pierre’s veteran presence already rubbing off on young Mayberry.

  12. Noah

    April 27, 2012 08:23 PM

    I’m listening not watching. But does Bastardo really just not have control this year or is nobody getting any calls tonight?

  13. Noah

    April 27, 2012 08:26 PM

    Based on LA’s gasps throughout the night that’s kinda what I figured.

  14. Noah

    April 27, 2012 08:36 PM

    Okay starting now. No more slumps for any of the Phils batters. That should fix things.

  15. Colin

    April 27, 2012 08:38 PM

    Send Pence to AAA! He doesn’t have the defense for the majors!!!

  16. Josh

    April 27, 2012 08:42 PM

    Without the defense, this is just a bad baseball team. Not a “good team struggling with its offense.” Oomph.

  17. sixerfan1220

    April 27, 2012 08:49 PM

    i like pence but when will people stop using the defense excuse for brown, when im 80% sure pence is worse defensively

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