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Series preview: Cubs at Diamondbacks

Series preview: Cubs at Diamondbacks

Thursday, April 28, 2011Posted: 2 p.m.
Cubs (10-13) at Diamondbacks (10-13)
Series schedule
Thursday: 8:40 p.m. on WGN
Friday: 8:40 p.m. on CSN
Saturday: 7:10 p.m. on CSN
Sunday: 3:10 p.m. on WGN

Starting Pitchers
Thursday: Ryan Dempster (1-2, 7.63) vs. Barry Enright (0-2, 6.65)
Friday: Carlos Zambrano (2-1, 5.28) vs. Armando Gallaraga (3-1, 6.00)
Saturday: Matt Garza (0-3, 4.11) vs. Ian Kennedy (3-1, 4.02)
Sunday: Casey Coleman (1-1, 7.43) vs. Daniel Hudson (1-4, 5.64)

Previous games
The Cubs lost both games against the Rockies this week, with the finale being rained out on Wednesday. In Chicago's last game - a 4-3 loss to Colorado on Tuesday - Alfonso Soriano hit his seventh homer of the season and Darwin Barney finished with two hits and a run scored in a losing effort.

The Diamondbacks took a series from the Phillies this week, winning two of three matchups in the desert. The one loss came in Wednesday's series finale, an 8-4 defeat in which Chris Young hit a pair of homers and Melvin Mora had two hits in defeat.
Head-to-head
The Cubs won two of three home games against the Diamondbacks earlier this month, in their second series of the season. The pitching star was Randy Wells, who allowed one run in six innings in the series opener. Offensively, Soriano went 4-for-10 with two homers in the series.

Whos hot?
Barney is hitting .353 over his last seven games. Jeff Baker is 8-for-16 with three RBIs in his last four games. Lefty Sean Marshall has allowed just one earned run in 11 innings this season.

StorylinesThe Cubs could use some consistency in their starting rotation. Unfortunately, Dempster is just 2-7 with a 6.24 ERA in 14 career starts vs. Arizona. ... The D-Backs' Gerardo Parra and Stephen Drew are a combined 9-for-16 lifetime against the Cubs' righty. ... Chicago has scored just three runs in each of its last three games, but Arizona pitcher Enright has struggled dating to last season, going 0-7 with a 7.40 ERA in his last nine starts. ... Geovany Soto has gone 2-for-20 in his last six games, dropping his average to .227.
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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.

 

Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:

 

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason. 

After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member: 

Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization." 

All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.