Game Ninety-Seven: Cubs (51-45) vs. Phillies (36-63)
- Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: ABC-7 – Radio: WBBM 780, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 186, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Jason Hammel (5-4, 2.82/0.98/3.06) vs. Aaron Nola (0-1, 1.50/1.00/3.73)
It’s a new day and a new week and Joe Maddon’s team will look to avoid the sweep at the hands of the Phillies. And the offense is in for another tough day at the old ballyard.
Jason Hammel will have to keep the suddenly high-flying Phillies off the board while his teammates figure out Aaron Nola. The Phillies’ top pitching prospect is making his second big league start today and he is pretty good. Kyle Schwarber will be in the starting lineup today, which should help the struggling offense.
Jason Hammel made it through his last game and that was the best news from his outing until The Schwarber Show started in the ninth inning. The Cubs beat the Reds 5-4 in 13 innings. Hammel allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts in five innings. Hammel was able to pitch with the brace on his left knee. And he said he felt fine afterwards. The coaching staff will continue to keep a close eye on him this afternoon.
Jason Hammel is 0-1 in his previous three starts with a 2.08 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. Hammel has allowed four runs, three earned, on nine hits with four walks and 10 strikeouts in 13 innings.
Hammel makes his ninth start of the year at Wrigley Field this afternoon. Hammel is 1-1 in the first eight with a 2.20 ERA and 0.88 WHIP (14 runs, 12 earned, on 34 hits with nine walks and 38 strikeouts in 49 innings). Hammel faces the Phillies for the fifth time in his career today.
In four starts, five games, versus the Phillies, Jason Hammel is 1-2 with a 6.58 ERA and 1.88 WHIP. Hammel did not pitch against the Phillies last season. His last game versus the Phillies happened back on June 10, 2012. The Phillies scored four runs on six hits in six innings and Hammel walked five batters with only four strikeouts.
Phillies Career Numbers against Jason Hammel
- Ryan Howard: 2-for-10 with one double and two walks
- Carlos Ruiz: 3-for-11 with one double
- Jeff Francoeur: 4-for-9 with one double
- Ben Revere: 0-for-2
The Cubs squared off against the Phillies past on Saturday. And they will get a look at the team’s future this afternoon. Aaron Nola gets the ball for the second time in the big leagues.
Aaron Nola was the seventh overall pick (first round) of the 2014 draft. Nola started the season at Double-A Reading after not receiving a non-roster invite to big league camp. Nola was 7-3 in 12 starts with a 1.88 ERA and 0.89 WHIP before he was bumped up to Triple-A. Nola posted a 3-1 record in six starts for Triple-A Lehigh Valley with a 3.58 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. In 109 1/3 innings in the minors this season Nola struck out 92 batters while issuing 18 walks.
Nola took the loss against the Rays on July 21 after allowing a home run to Nathan Karns. The Rays starting pitcher was responsible for the only run of the game. Nola gave up five hits with a walk and six strikeouts in six innings.
No one on the Cubs active roster has faced Aaron Nola in a regular season big league game.
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