"You go into Philadelphia, and I don't need to tell you about their rotation," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "I can only concern myself with getting this club to play as good as it can and pitch as good as we can and buckle up for some tight ballgames we hope we can win. It's that simple at this point. It doesn't matter if it's Philadelphia, San Francisco or the Cardinals, for me to reflect on how tough it's going to be does no good."
"Awesome," Dempster said of the challenge of facing Philadelphia. "That's what it's all about. That will be a fun challenge right there. We'll try to make them all losers in those three games. It's a tough task, but you try to worry about [Thursday's game] and just try to win that one first."
The Cubs do not play a team under .500 until June 20, when they face the White Sox, who are playing as well as any team in the American League at the moment.