Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Chi Cubs0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 140
Philadelphia2 2 6 0 0 1 0 0 x 11130
  W: A. Nola (11-3)   L: C. Hamels (6-4)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 PM CT, August 14, 2019
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 27,204

Phillies face their former ace, Cubs' Hamels

According to STATS
According to STATS

Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia Phillies

  1. The Cubs split a four-game set with the Reds in Cincinnati, scoring 18 runs in their two wins and three runs in their two losses. They have not won 11 straight road series, their longest streak in a season since 2014 (12 straight).
  2. The Phillies have lost five of their last six games, all on the road, as their starters have posted a 6.59 ERA in that time. They return home where their starters have posted a 2.88 ERA in their last six games.
  3. After being swept by the Braves in April, the Cubs have since gone 14-8 against NL East opponents this season, including 5-1 on the road. The Phillies are 13-10 overall against the NL Central this season but 9-4 against those teams since May 23.
  4. Ian Happ has posted a 1.041 OPS in 16 games this season, including homering in four of his last seven. He hit .171 with a .599 OPS and just one home run in his final 16 games of 2018.
  5. Bryce Harper has batted in the leadoff spot in Philadelphia's last three games. In seven games in that spot this season, he has slashed .308/.455/.654.
  6. Jonathan Lucroy was added to the Cubs during their series with the Reds after being designated for assignment by the Angels. Chicago's catchers have a combined .840 OPS, second best in the NL behind Arizona (.872). Lucroy has a .844 OPS in three games with the Cubs.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/13/2019 thru 8/15/2019
(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The Philadelphia Phillies will look for their second straight win to open a three-game series against the visiting Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.

It will be the second game for the Phillies since they fired hitting coach John Mallee and replaced him with former manager Charlie Manuel. The 75-year-old Manuel, who led the Phillies to the World Series title in 2008, is expected to be in the dugout Wednesday in his new role.

On Tuesday, the Phillies beat the Cubs 4-2 and had nine hits despite striking out 15 times.

The Phillies, at 61-58, have yet to hit consistently all season and still haven't posted a five-game winning streak.

Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler called the addition of Manuel "great," adding, "We always want more resources. And Charlie is a great resource. I look forward to having the opportunity to pick his brain."

The injury-riddled Phillies absorbed another blow Tuesday when outfielder Corey Dickerson was hit in the hand by a pitch and was forced to leave the game. Dickerson's availability for Wednesday was unclear.

Though the Phillies won the series opener, the firing of their hitting coach had to be a wakeup call.

"Ultimately, it falls on the shoulders of the players," first baseman Rhys Hoskins said. "We can sit here and play the what-if game, but the front office has made a decision that they think will put us in a position to make a run here."

The Phillies will hand the ball Wednesday to right-hander Aaron Nola (10-3, 3.67 ERA). On Thursday, Nola gave up seven hits and three runs in five innings in a 5-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

Nola is 2-1 with a 5.11 ERA in four career starts against the Cubs.

The Cubs will send left-hander Cole Hamels to the mound to face his former team. Hamels was part of the '08 Phillies team, and he was selected the Most Valuable Player of the National League Championship Series and the World Series that year.

Hamels is 6-3 with a 3.09 ERA in 19 starts this season. He strained an oblique in late June and missed more than a month. Hamels struggled in his latest start, Thursday against the Cincinnati Reds, lasting only three innings and allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits.

But the Cubs won 12-5.

"With the guys we have off the bench now, it's a deep lineup, and that's what takes us far," Hamels told reporters.

In the seven previous starts, Hamels was sensational, producing a minuscule 1.07 ERA.

This will be Hamels' first start in Philadelphia since July 19, 2015.

The Cubs' offense was mostly stifled on Tuesday, though Nicholas Castellanos homered and had two of the team's five hits.

Still, Chicago has proven all season that it can score runs in bunches.

Before the trade deadline, the Cubs made numerous roster changes, and they retain a very dangerous lineup.

"They're bringing in everybody they can to help our team," first baseman Anthony Rizzo told reporters of the roster reconstruction. "There's a lot of new faces, which you don't normally see as much as this. Guys come in and do their best, and the guys that have been here have made everyone feel as comfortable as we can."

--Field Level Media

Updated August 14, 2019