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2013 Gameday

Phillies (51-61) vs Cubs (49-63)

Philadelphia Phillies (51-61) vs Chicago Cubs (49-63) 39212-cubs

Cole Hamels (4-13, 3.87 ERA) vs Travis Wood (7-8, 3.05 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Weather: 81, chance of rain

Media: Twitter and Facebook

One night after the offense lashed out for nine runs, the Phillies will attempt to take an early series victory over the lowly Cubs Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Lefty Cole Hamels will get the ball for the Phillies, coming off his best start of the season. He tossed eight innings of shutout ball against San Francisco, and was able to lower his ERA to under four (3.87) for the first time this year.

Hamels has seen the Cubs six times in his career, and has gone 3-1 with a 2.37 ERA against them. His last start against them was in 2010, when he gave up just a run in seven innings of work.

The Phillies will be facing All-Star Travis Wood, who just had his worst outing of the year. On Friday against the Dodgers he allowed five runs on seven hits and five walks in just 3 1/3 innings. Wood has seen the Phillies twice, and not since 2011. In 2010, the southpaw came close to a perfect game against the Phillies, throwing eight perfect innings before Carlos Ruiz broke it up in the ninth.

Ruiz, in fact, is the only current Phillie to even have more than one hit off Wood in his career, going 2-for-5 with two doubles.

Lineup: M.Young 3B, Frandsen 2B, Rollins SS, Brown LF, Ruf 1B, D.Young RF, Mayberry CF, Kratz C, Hamels P


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  1. Ken Bland

    August 7, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    When you’re as mired in strengthening quicksand as the Phillies 2013 season is, it’s still easy to find at least a handful of things to watch, often in the form of young individuals.

    Which might take on an added dimension tonight.

    Tonight’s the first time the Phils bullpen insurance of Bastardo to save after Papelbon pitches too much is shelved. Papelbon pitched more than he talks last night, throwing 30 pitches, which, even had he performed effectively is above the number manager’s typically follow up with a night off. One never knows, maybe amplified in that Charlie Manuel and typical don’t go in the same sentence to often, but with no Papelbon and no Bastardo, who ya gonna call.

    Add to that, and perhaps it’s a stretch that tomorrow is a day game, it’s not exactly simplified. Maybe Papelbon needs 2 days off to square up for the oh so important stretch run.

    Jimenez at least has 3 saves for the Pigs, so there’s a tad of closing experience, a possible novelty that Rich Dubee seems to like. But since the Phils at least seem to treat the save like it’s some religious srtifact, you wonder if they’d throw him in that situation after recall.

    Anyway, it doesn’t matter. First, they have to position to worry about it no small task, although more doable with Brown back. But in the scheme that is, it might be RELATIVELY interesting to see how it’s handled. Even the possibility of a 125 pitch CG win by Cool Hamels seems of next to zero purpose at this point.

  2. Hogey's Role

    August 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Phil’s and Utley agree to contact extension

    • Hogey's Role

      August 7, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      2 years high 20s with multiple vesting options

  3. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 7, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Another must win for the Phillies.

    I am not for extending any old guys now.

    Utley would have been my choice first before any of them. But now that you are Saddled with Rollins and Howard just throw in another.

    Gee Ruben if it was 2008 wouldn’t it be great?

    Not gonna put Utley down though. He just crippled now is all.

    • Ken Bland

      August 7, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      I pretty much feel like you do. He’s still a good player, but he’s at an age where 2 more productive seasons at 15 mil or so is pretty iffy as likely value. If you’re a contender, it’s a more inviting risk, although you measure Cesar Hernandez’s ability versus that. They’re trying to contend. It’s hard to look at that as likely.

      Good guy and local legend or not, my suspicion is more GMs than not would not have gone 2 years. I don’t see much point in considering if the options are achievable, little early to be guessing on his ability to meet them a year and two out.. Justifying the 2 years if the club doesn’t contend will be difficult enough.

  4. Morris Buttermaker

    August 7, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    If Utley had slid there, he would have been safe.

  5. Mike

    August 7, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    I freaking saw that coming… Damn you, Ruben, for not solidifying this awful bullpen

  6. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 7, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    He solidified the 2B position for 2 more years at 30 million.
    With a 34 year ols with 2 shot knees.

    2 more years of Rollins and Howard hitting at the top of the line up.

    thinking about what Ruben will throw out there for the bullpen in 2014 is scary.

    I am going to loose my Phillies Mets better record bet.

    You guys get that the Phillies are worse than the Mets yet?

    That’s where you are.

    As your GM continues the old age movement.


    Ruben needs to go soon. Please.

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