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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  • Charlie 25 min 24 sec ago (view)

    Dang, I miss Javy and Rizz.

     

  • Mike Wellman 51 min 51 sec ago (view)

    The Hey, Hoe, Hen alignment...

     

  • crunch 1 hour 15 min ago (view)

    zobrist / cast / bryant / schwarb / contreras / caratini / heyward / hoe / hendricks

    this lineup seems to be a popular thing.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 50 min ago (view)

    Lots of games where they failed to add on.

    Lots of games Strop has single handedly blown, too.

     

  • Charlie 5 hours 20 min ago (view)

    There are so many candidates. The early season losing streak comes painfully to mind.

     

  • Charlie 5 hours 21 min ago (view)

    JHey's swing looks like it slipped into groundout mode. That Nico lineout was heartbreaking. :(

     

  • Charlie 5 hours 21 min ago (view)

    Threw Vanmeter a curve and changeup that both looked great on TV, though Vanmeter didn't offer.

     

  • Mike Wellman 7 hours 6 min ago (view)

    First thing I'll point to, depending on the final order of finish, is the fact that, for the second year in a row we took the lead off of Hader in the 8th inning of a key late-season game @ Milwaukee & couldn't keep it. The second thing will be the game we led 5-0 after 7 & managed to lose. Nats next face Marlins. Cards come to town licking their chops/beaks to finish us off...

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10 hours 12 min ago (view)

    They’re toast. Can’t finish games, can’t finish series, and it looks very much like they won’t finish this season.

     

  • Hagsag 11 hours 29 min ago (view)

    The Cubbies are in a tough situation. If they make the playoffs, they will have earned it!. Enjoy the ride folks.

     

  • Eric S 17 hours 56 min ago (view)

    Reds win season series 11-8 - possibly the first thing you point to should the Cubs miss the post season

     

  • Eric S 18 hours 2 min ago (view)

    Long looking swing for JHey ... and Nico - oof

     

  • Eric S 18 hours 3 min ago (view)

    Heard Len say Descalso’s name and about had a heart attack. Then heard him say “pinch runner” and settled down a bit

     

  • Charlie 18 hours 8 min ago (view)

    Contreras's receiving didn't do Norwood any favors in that Vanmeter at-bat. And Norwood needed some favors.

     

  • Eric S 18 hours 13 min ago (view)

    Gotta do better than three hits in nine innings in a start by Mahle - this one is on the bats

     

  • crunch 18 hours 18 min ago (view)

    4th pitcher of the inning coming in...neat