Cole Hamels makes his return to Philadelphia as Phillies host Cubs

After a very bad road trip, the Phillies are returning home. The Phillies dropped back-to-back series against the Diamondbacks and Giants in their short trip out west. Just because they are returning home does not mean things are going to get easy. The Phillies are going to have their hands full in this series against a hot Cubs team. We will take a trip down memory lane in Wednesday’s contest as Cole Hamels will be on the mound against his former team. 

Probable Pitching Matchups 

Game one: Jason Vargas (6-6, 4.09 ERA) vs Jose Quintana (10-7, 4.23 ERA) 

Game two: Aaron Nola (10-3, 3.67 ERA) vs Cole Hamels (6-3, 3.09 ERA) 

Game three: Drew Smyly (2-6, 6.96 ERA) vs Yu Darvish (4-6, 4.43 ERA) 

Things are not looking good for the Phillies. After their recent stretch of games was very underwhelming, they now have to face off against a Cubs team that has won seven of their last ten games. With the way they have been playing as of late, the Phillies should settle for stealing at least one of the games in this series. Their only hope is that the ace can go out on Wednesday and put them in a position to make sure they do not get swept in their home ballpark. 

The Phillies are now sitting in fourth place in the NL East, and are falling farther out of the Wild Card race with every passing game. We are halfway through August and the Phillies look lifeless on the field when they should be fighting tooth and nail every night to keep this season alive. It is a miracle that playoff baseball is even in the picture right now with the way that they have played in recent weeks, and the Phillies are just letting it squander away for the second season in a row. If the Cubs come into Philadelphia and sweep the Phillies, it just might close the curtain on this Phillies season. 

Series Notes

  • Aaron Nola is coming off a month of July where he went 3-0 with a 2.52 ERA.
  • Corey Dickerson is batting .333 with nine RBIs over his last seven games. 
  • Jose Quintana is 6-0 in his last seven starts. 
  • Yu Darvish has racked up 53 strikeouts over his last 41 innings pitched. 
  • Kris Bryant is batting .370 with seven RBI’s over his last seven games.