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Deep Breath Before the Plunge: Phils at Cubs, Aug. 31

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Philadelphia Phillies
@ Chicago Cubs

Sunday, Aug 31, 2008, 2:20 PM EDT
Wrigley Field

Jamie Moyer vs Carlos Zambrano

Clear. Winds blowing from right to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 85.


Nearly a quarter-century after he was drafted by the Cubs, Jamie Moyer tries to thwart his old club at Wrigley Field today in the finale of a four-game series. He's opposed not by Cubs co-ace Carlos Zambrano, who is suffering through a "tired arm," but by fellow lefty Sean Marshall, who turned 26 yesterday. At the least, facing Marshall rather than Zambrano should make the pitching part of Moyer's day a little easier.

To my considerable surprise, the Phillies will finish August with a winning record in the month--this despite not hitting a lick for its first two-thirds, and then seeing the bullpen buckle in its last third. Of course, the 25 games the team will play in September ultimately will determine how meaningful any of that proves to be.