Morning Phil Up – 4/4/2014 – Philadelphia Phillies travel to Wrigley Field to open a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs
By Mike Lacy
Travis Wood. Image Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
The Phillies had their first off day of the season. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the happiest of off days, as their struggling closer Jonathan Papelbon voiced concerns about the defensive positioning behind him. On a brighter note, Jimmy Rollins got to celebrate the birth of his second child.
Phillies (1-2) vs. Chicago Cubs (1-2)
2:20 PM at Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
Starting Pitchers: Roberto Hernandez (0-0) vs. Travis Wood (0-0)
The Phillies travel to the “friendly confines” to face the Cubs. This will be the Cubs’ home opener after starting on the road in Pittsburgh, and they will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field. (Wow, that’s an old stadium)
The Cubs are 1-2 after winning the third game of their series against the Pirates. This will be Travis Wood’s first start of the year after a 2013 season that saw him go 9-12 with a 3.11 ERA. He’ll be opposed by Roberto Hernandez who is making his Phillies debut.
Link of Interest
Phillies Nation – Buchanan continues to shine, wins Iron Pigs opener
David Buchanan competed for the Phillies’ fifth starter spot in Spring Training. While he didn’t end up winning that job, he did make a strong impression, and gave hope that the Phillies’ starting pitching depth was better than suspected. In his debut for the Triple A Iron Pigs, Buchanan excelled with six scoreless innings.