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Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies Preview and Predictions 08-15-2019 in MLB


Charlie Manuel's debut as the Philadelphia Phillies' hitting coach was viewed by the Citizens Bank faithful as an unmitigated success, even if the affable 75-year-old was the first to admit that he had little to do with the club's 11-run, 13-hit outburst. The Phillies will bid to record their first series sweep in seven weeks on Thursday when they conclude a three-game set against the visiting Chicago Cubs.

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J.T. Realmuto belted his second grand slam this season and fourth career and Bryce Harper went deep on two occasions as Philadelphia cruised to a 11-1 romp over Chicago on Wednesday. The 28-year-old Realmuto is 6-for-10 with six RBIs and as many runs scored in his last three games overall and 9-for-25 with six extra-base hits (two doubles, four homers) against Chicago this season. While the Phillies vie for their first series sweep since a four-game brush-off of the New York Mets on June 24-27, National League Central-leading Chicago will bid to put the brakes on its pronounced road woes. The Cubs, who fell to 0-10-2 in their last 12 road series following Wednesday's loss, have dropped four of five overall and 37 of 60 away from the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field this season.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, WGN (Chicago), NBCS Philadelphia

PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs RH Yu Darvish (4-6, 4.43 ERA) vs. Phillies LH Drew Smyly (2-6, 6.96)

Darvish was done in by the home run ball once again on Friday as the 32-year-old Japan native was taken deep three times among the four hits he allowed in a 5-2 setback at Cincinnati. Darvish has surrendered 26 homers in 132.0 innings this season, although he kept the ball in the park on May 20 and registered a quality start in a no-decision versus Philadelphia. Darvish, who permitted three runs on four hits in six innings in that contest, owns a 1-0 mark with a 1.96 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in three career starts against the Phillies.

Smyly answered a pair of sterling starts after being acquired by Philadelphia with a pair of disastrous ones, totaling 11 runs on as many hits -- including four homers -- over 10 2/3 innings. The 30-year-old was taken deep three times during his six-run performance in no-decision at San Francisco on Friday. Smyly, who has yet to face Chicago in his career, has encountered difficulty against Nicholas Castellanos (3-for-8, two doubles) in a small sample size.

WALK-OFFS

1. Chicago 3B Kris Bryant homered for the second time in three games to improve to a robust 7-for-20 against Philadelphia this season.

2. Harper had three hits on Wednesday after going 4-for-21 with six strikeouts in his previous five games versus the Cubs this season.

3. Chicago 1B Anthony Rizzo is 10-for-25 with four extra-base hits (two doubles, two homers), seven RBIs and six runs scored versus Philadelphia this season.

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Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
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Last Injuries

Philadelphia Phillies

  • Jake Arrieta

    Elbow
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Arrieta has been transferred to the 60-day injured list after having season-ending surgery to remove bone spurs from his pitching elbow.

  • Seranthony Dominguez

    Elbow
    Mid Sept | 60-day IL

    Dominguez has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to ulnar collateral ligament damage in his right elbow. He is likely to return during the middle of September.

  • Jay Bruce

    Arm
    Early Sept | 10-day IL

    Bruce has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a flexor strain in his left arm. He will be on the shelf until the early part of September.

  • Roman Quinn

    Groin
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Quinn has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right groin strain, and it is unknown when he will return to the lineup.

  • David Robertson

    Elbow
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Robertson has been transferred to the 60-day injured list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. He will miss the remainder of the 2019 season.

  • Bryce Harper

    Conditioning
    Prob Tues | probable

    Harper exited the previous game due to dehydration but is expected to suit up Tuesday against the Red Sox.

  • Edubray Ramos

    Shoulder
    Mid Sept | 60-day IL

    Ramos has landed on the 10-day injured list due to a right shoulder impingement and is expected to be out of commission until at least the middle of September.

  • Jerad Eickhoff

    Bicep
    Late Aug | 60-day IL

    Eickhoff has been shifted to the 60-day injured list due to tendinitis in his right bicep. He is likely to return during the end of August.

Chicago Cubs

  • Allen Webster

    Arm
    Early Sept | 60-day IL

    Webster has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to radial nerve inflammation in his right arm. He is likely to be out of commission until at least the start of September.

  • Brandon Morrow

    Elbow
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Morrow has been transferred to the 60-day injured list while recuperating from arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow. He has a setback during his recovery and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

  • Ben Zobrist

    Personal
    Early Sept | out

    Zobrist is away from the team due to a personal matter but is expected to return to action Sept. 1 against the Brewers.

  • Daniel Descalso

    Ankle
    Early Sept | 10-day IL

    Descalso has landed on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left ankle, and he is expected to be idle until at least the beginning of September.

  • Xavier Cedeno

    Wrist
    Early Sept | 60-day IL

    Cedeno has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due left wrist inflammation. He is likely to be out until at least the beginning of September.

  • Steve Cishek

    Hip
    Prob Tues | probable

    Cishek has been activated from the 10-day injured list after healing from left hip inflammation and is expected to be available for Tuesday's game against the Giants.

  • Craig Kimbrel

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Kimbrel has been activated from the 10-day injured list after healing from swelling in his right knee, and he is likely to be available for Sunday's game against the Pirates.

  • Carl Edwards Jr.

    Shoulder
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Edwards Jr. has been added to the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder strain, and it is unclear how long he will be idle for.

philadelphia-phillies Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Ranger Suarez 19 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .500 .500 .500
Cesar Hernandez 125 120 469 55 133 24 3 8 53 187 7 73 2 .284 .399 .331
Jean Segura 114 112 459 66 130 29 3 11 52 198 7 59 2 .283 .431 .330
J.T. Realmuto 120 108 437 75 120 29 1 19 66 208 7 107 1 .275 .476 .326
Logan Morrison 6 2 11 0 3 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 .273 .364 .273
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Hector Neris 54 0 161 72 6 35 8 1 20 0 0 1 17 905
Jose Alvarez 52 1 144 38 1 51 5 3 18 0 0 0 14 758
Juan Nicasio 44 0 137 43 2 54 4 5 27 0 0 5 20 808
Adam Morgan 40 0 89 29 3 20 4 1 14 0 0 1 10 463
Aaron Nola 27 27 484 180 9 138 22 3 67 0 0 6 61 2659
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
J.T. Realmuto 120 108 0 40 35 7 0 8
Andrew Knapp 60 21 0 12 3 3 0 2
Drew Butera 7 5 0 2 0 0 0 0
Aaron Altherr 24 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
Adam Haseley 33 28 0 0 0 0 2 0

chicago-cubs Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Anthony Rizzo 123 122 441 80 128 26 2 25 81 233 5 76 2 .290 .528 .401
Kris Bryant 121 120 455 91 130 32 1 26 63 242 2 112 0 .286 .532 .385
Javier Baez 124 122 499 84 141 34 4 28 82 267 10 143 6 .283 .535 .314
Willson Contreras 87 79 295 45 81 15 1 19 57 155 1 85 2 .275 .525 .365
Jason Heyward 118 110 417 62 111 15 4 18 49 188 7 90 2 .266 .451 .349
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Kyle Ryan 57 0 143 47 1 41 3 1 19 0 0 2 17 787
Steve Cishek 55 0 154 46 5 41 7 1 21 0 0 3 19 877
Brandon Kintzler 52 0 145 43 3 36 4 3 13 0 0 1 13 717
Brad Brach 42 0 119 45 1 42 3 1 27 0 0 2 28 779
Pedro Strop 36 0 90 32 4 26 5 0 18 0 0 0 11 503
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Willson Contreras 87 79 3 29 12 10 1 6
Victor Caratini 63 38 1 21 3 3 0 2
Taylor Davis 7 4 0 11 0 0 0 1
Adbert Alzolay 3 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
Addison Russell 61 39 0 0 0 2 0 0