Cubs-Phillies Preview

The Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies are scuffling, but

the Cubs have experienced some success on the road recently.

Chicago will seek a season-high fourth straight win away from

home Tuesday night, and Edwin Jackson will try to help with another

strong outing.

The Cubs (49-62) have lost seven of eight and were held

scoreless in their final 23 innings of a four-game set against the

Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend. They limited the Dodgers to

two hits Sunday in a 1-0 loss.

Chicago totaled 19 runs during its eight-game homestand and went

5 for 27 (.185) with runners in scoring position during the sweep

to the Dodgers.

“We got shut out three times in (these) games at home, scored

two in another (two),” manager Dale Sveum said. “It’s very

difficult to win, obviously, unless you’re scoring runs.”

Sveum’s club, however, has won 12 of 19 on the road and

registered a three-game sweep of San Francisco from July 26-28 to

end its most recent trip. The Cubs’ next road opponent has dropped

13 of 14 overall and five straight at home.

Philadelphia (50-61) has been outscored 81-33 in its last 14

games, batting .198 and posting a 5.13 ERA. The Phillies were booed

by their home fans while producing four hits in a 4-1 loss to

Atlanta on Sunday night.

“We’re getting outplayed all the way around,” pitcher Cliff Lee

said. “We’ve got to have more pride, more fire and play better

fundamental baseball. Period. If we do that, we’ll turn it

around.”

Jackson (7-11, 4.65 ERA) will try to add to the Phillies’ woes

by improving on his 4-1 record and 2.23 ERA in his last six starts.

The right-hander gave up one run over a season-high eight innings

in Wednesday’s 6-1 victory over Milwaukee.

Jackson lost his first four starts against Philadelphia before

giving up one run over 6 2-3 innings in his most recent matchup, a

5-1 victory for Washington on Oct. 3. He has a 3.55 ERA in his last

four meetings with the Phillies.

Jackson will pitch opposite a struggling Kyle Kendrick (9-8,

4.29), who has a 10.13 ERA in losing his last two outings. The

right-hander didn’t make it out of the third inning in a 9-2 loss

to San Francisco on Wednesday, giving up seven runs and eight

hits.

Kendrick is 0-1 in three starts against the Cubs despite a 1.80

ERA. He gave up two runs and three hits over six innings in his

most recent matchup, a 9-2 win at Wrigley Field on May 16,

2012.

Kendrick will try to hand Chicago a third straight shutout for

the first time since a string of four in a row April 27-May 1,

1992. The Cubs had a 28-inning scoreless streak July 20-23,

2012.

The Phillies’ home skid is their longest since dropping seven

straight June 27-July 21, 2012.

Darin Ruf will try to help end that by reaching base for a 33rd

consecutive game. That streak is the longest by a Phillie since

Chase Utley’s 33-game run Sept. 7, 2008-April 22, 2009.

Ruf has struck out and walked in his two plate appearances

against Jackson, while Carlos Ruiz is 6 for 9 with three doubles

and Jimmy Rollins is 4 for 6 with two homers.

Philadelphia reliever Antonio Bastardo is among 12 players set

to serve 50-game suspensions from the Biogenesis drug

investigation. Bastardo’s 2.32 ERA was the best among Phillies with

at least 11 appearances.