Phillies Opposition Roadblock: Chicago Cubs

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Apr 29, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal (9) tags out Philadelphia Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp (34) at home during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 29, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal (9) tags out Philadelphia Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp (34) at home during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 26, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Jon Jay (30) celebrates after scoring a run with first baseman Anthony Rizzo (right) against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 26, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Jon Jay (30) celebrates after scoring a run with first baseman Anthony Rizzo (right) against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

The Team: Chicago Cubs

Sadly, my friends, it is not going to get any easier the next four days. The Phillies are able to leave the nightmare in LA behind but are heading to the (not always) friendly confines of Wrigley Field. The defending World Champion Chicago Cubs (winners of six of their last ten) are awaiting the Phils and their three-game losing streak.

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The Cubbies currently sit atop the NL Central by one game over the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds are only two games behind.

The Cubs are currently fifth in baseball in runs scored and top ten in team batting average and OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage). Their lineup, for lack of a better term, is loaded.

Names like Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber, and Ben Zobrist highlight a star-studded group. And this year, to make it scarier, Jason Heyward is off to a strong start.

Their pitchers are top ten in ERA throughout baseball (3.77), but jump down to 18th in the game in their own stadium (3.89). That number could be a bit skewed since they have only played nine home games. It is a dream matchup as the Phils offense has not been a juggernaut on the road.

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