Cubs vs. Phillies: Hamels vs. Irvin (Game 47)

CHC (28-18): LHP Cole Hamels (4-0, 3.13 ERA)
PHL (28-20): LHP Cole Irvin (2-0, 2.77 ERA)
First pitch 7:05pmCDT

The Cubs walked off to even the series and now send Cole Hamels to take on his former team in a battle of two guys named "Cole." Hamels has been working through some off-and-on command issues since late April but has managed to suppress run scoring and remain undefeated on the season anyway. Last time out he was limited to 5 innings but picked up his 4th win against the Nationals. He's held Bryce Harper to a .660 OPS in 34 ABs. Many of the other Phillies are getting their first look at him from the batter's box.

Cole Irvin is a lot like Hamels in that they have the same first name, they're both left-handed, and they are both undefeated. That's probably about it. A quick look at his minor league stats tells me his strength is command and he isn't going to miss a ton of bats. He's got a slider and a changeup to go with a high 80's-ish fastball. Every Cub will be facing him for the first time.

The forecast says there's rain coming late tonight, but it shouldn't get too heavy until very late in the game. It should warm up in Chicago today with wind coming out of the south (i.e. out to left-center). Here's hoping that wind carries away Irvin's respectable ERA. Don't be surprised if Javy's heel is feeling much better.

Comments

I'm bummed to be blacked out for this one. I'm forecasting a drubbing.

Not that it's going to happen, but RHRP Tony Barnette is eligible to be reinstated from the Cubs MLB 60-day IL tomorrow (Thursday). 

If the Cubs make any changes in the bullpen this week, I think Junichi Tazawa replacing Xaver Cedeno (likely DFA candidate) would be it.

It doesn't seem like Maddon has much confidence in Cedeno (and rightfully so), and Tazawa's splitter plays up vs LH hitters (when he's not hanging it). 

AZ Phil - Close here, but Cedeno to the IL with a “wrist injury“. Instead of Tazawa, the roulette wheel ball falls on righty reliever Rowan Wick being called up from AAA (not sure what he offers against lefties though). 

Blue Jays scout following Cubs at EXST so there probably are other Toronto scouts on the other Cubs affiliates as well. If a deal were to happen, Jays closer Ken Giles is probable Cub target. (Giles is under club control via arbitration through 2020). 

What do you think he will cost?

schwarber / bryant(RF) / rizzo / baez / contreras / almora / russell(2nd) / bote(3rd) / ham

The Baltimore Orioles have claimed RHP Chandler Shepherd off waivers from the Cubs, as the Cubs tried (and failed) to outright Shepherd to the minors after claiming him off waivers from the Red Sox last Saturday.  

rizzoh!!

ALMORA GRAND SLAM!!!

way to break a tie.

Chatwood is becoming a force in the BP.

it had to feel good for him to get that standing O at the home ballpark.

he's still throwing almost nothing but fastballs exclusively, though...wonder what's up with that.

Control problems?

he's thrown so little of his other stuff lately that i can't even guess and sure don't know.

he's always been fastball-heavy, but it's almost exclusively fastball now.

he gets movement on a 95-97mph fastball...that's a positive about it if he's gonna continously offer it up.

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  • Eric S 1 hour 13 min ago (view)

    Kimbrel pitched the 7th inning for the Iowa Cubs today - he threw 8 pitches (6 strikes) to three batters getting a fly out to center, a groundout to third and swinging K. Nice start!

     

  • Karl Pagel Blues 2 hours 42 min ago (view)

    Thank you, Phil. Have you ever considered doing your own podcast? Your grasp on baseball history is fantastic. 

     

  • Karl Pagel Blues 2 hours 50 min ago (view)

    Thank you, Mike. 

     

  • Mike Wellman 11 hours 49 min ago (view)

    And 71 games in, the C-Cubs & I-Cubs are in a dead heat @ 39-32...

     

  • Craig A. 14 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Thanks very much, Phil.

     

  • Arizona Phil 16 hours 32 min ago (view)

    CRAIG A: SS Ernie Banks and 2B Gene Baker arrived on the same day in September 1953, although Banks made his MLB game debut three days before Baker.

     

  • crunch 18 hours 35 min ago (view)

    i think gene baker was technically the first signed, but ernie banks was the first to suit up and play.  baker was injured when ernie made his debut.

     

  • JoePepitone 18 hours 39 min ago (view)

    He only mentioned his second wife in his autobiography, Mr. Cub.  I was surprised to find out from his Wikipedia page that he had been married before Eloyce (wife #2), having read Mr. Cub back in 1971 right after it came out.  I guess when you write your autobiography, you get to put in only the parts you want to talk about.

     

  • Craig A. 19 hours 27 min ago (view)

    Banks was the first African- American Cub wasn’t he?  Was there a lot of drama with that?  

     

  • BobbyD 20 hours 17 min ago (view)

    He was a hero to me growing up, and now maybe not so much. Sad and probably (?) better how things have changed. I'm sure in the 60s whatever Addison did would have never bubbled up to us fans... But thanks for the review-so-far!

     

  • crunch 21 hours 6 min ago (view)

    m.carpenter (STL) just got a stand up double bunting against the shift on a ball that barely got to the lip of the outfield grass.

    a little more of that from many more players would be interesting.

     

  • crunch 21 hours 28 min ago (view)

    another young fan took a foul ball for an injury...off the bat of castro (MIA) @STL

     

  • crunch 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    hell of a loss.

    killer 9th inning drama all going LA's way.  wow.

    it says a lot that the packed house in LA was still almost all there through the last pitch of the game.

     

  • crunch 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    ESPN...it's all bad, all the time.

     

  • BobbyD 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    I'm just glad it worked out for the diarrhea girl and her date. I don't know which is worse, Arod or that fucking commercial 8 times a game. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    sitting in the dugout, it looks like kyle schwarber has an unfortunate touch of matt williams style early onset baldness coming on...or he recently got a way-too-close-on-top haircut.

    dude just turned 26 a few months ago.