Philadelphia won yesterday’s game 7-1.
The Cubs struck first in the top of the first inning on a solo home run by Kyle Schwarber, his 22nd of the season. The Phillies came right back in the bottom of the inning thanks to a two-run home run by Rhys Hoskins. This put them up 2-1, a lead they would hold onto for the rest of the game.
Philadelphia piled on in the bottom of the second, scoring four runs. The first three came on a bases-loaded triple by Cesar Hernandez, followed by an RBI single by Freddy Galvis. Despite the early runs, Cubs starter Jose Quintana pitched three more innings for a final line of five innings pitched, six runs and nine hits, striking out seven while walking four.
Game 2 Starters – Kyle Hendricks (RHP) vs Ben Lively (RHP)
Hendricks has a 3.52 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 94.2 innings on the season. In his last three starts, the right-hander has pitched a combined 16.2 innings, allowing just four earned runs on 16 hits, striking out 17 and walking out nine. He has yet to face Philadelphia so far this season.
Lively has a 3.70 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 48.2 innings in 2017. The Phillies righty has spent a majority of the season in AAA with short-lived call-ups in June and July. This will be his second start in August. In his most recent start against the Giants, he allowed two earned runs in six innings, striking out four and walking two. This will be his first start against Chicago this season.
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Who’s Hot, and Who’s Not
Rhys Hoskins has been unbelievable lately, going 10-26 in his last seven games with six home runs, 16 RBIs, and nine runs scored. His OPS over the last week is sitting at 1.599. Since coming up earlier this month he has nine home runs in 16 games. Tommy Joseph has been on a tear, with three home runs and three doubles in his last five games. The first baseman is 8-21 during this span.
Maikel Franco is batting .202 in August with just 18 hits in 24 games. His OPS for the month is a lowly .571. Hyun-soo Kim isn’t fairing much better with a .209 average in his last 18 games. His OPS during this cold streak has been even worse than Franco’s at .493.
Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ are the only Cubs hitters besides Tommy La Stella with home runs in the team’s past six games. The pair each have two homers and four RBIs. Alex Avila is 7-17 in his last six with three runs and three RBIs, although he has also struck out seven times during this span.
Javier Baez has 12 strikeouts in his last 26 plate appearances, giving him a strikeout percentage of nearly 50 over the last week. Kris Bryant is three for his last 15 with four strikeouts. His slugging percentage during this span is .33.
Prediction: Cubs 6 – 2 Phillies
I think the Cubs will bounce back against the Phillies in a big way today after being held to just a single run in yesterday’s game. They have a proven starter taking the mound in Hendricks while the Phillies will start a pitcher who has played in just a single game in the last month. Lively has only faced one high-powered offense this season when he pitched against Boston back in June, and I believe his lack of experience will show against the Cubs heavy hitters.
Where to Watch
Today’s game will be broadcast on WLS and WCAU, and streaming on MLB.TV for out of market subscribers.
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