Phillies v. Cubs
Place: 4th in NL East
Last 10: 4-6
- Jimmy Rollins is one hit away from tying Mike Schmidt's franchise record for most hits. Rollins has hit safely in seven consecutive games.
- Philadelphia is 1-29 when trailing after eight innings this season.
- However, they've done a good job of holding on to late leads going 20-3 when leading after eight innings.
- The Phillies are currently in the midst of playing 41 games in 41 days.
- Since 2002, Philadelphia is 50-29 against the Cubs with a 9-0-3 series record at home. The Phillies have not lost a home series to the Cubs since April 6-8, 2001.
- The Phillies enter the series having won three straight games and have not won more than three consecutive games since they won five straight games from June 2-6, 2013.
Place: 5th in NL Central
Last 10: 6-4
- Tonight is the fifth time this season and 12th time overall the Cubs have worn throwback uniforms. They are 7-4 when wearing throwbacks.
- Starlin Castro has been a catalyst for the Cubs this season as his 70 hits and .272 batting average rank second in the National League among shortstops behind only Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki.
- The Cubs starters have turned in 32 quality starts this season but the team is only 16-16 in those games and the starters have 12 no-decisions.
- The Cubs are 19-11 when scoring first but need more than just a single run as they are 5-11 in one-run games.
- Chicago allows a lot of runs as evident by the fact they are 5-31 when failing to score four runs.
- The Cubs are strong late in games as they are 25-3 when leading heading into the ninth inning.
- However, when they are down they are typically buried as they are 0-33 when trailing after eight innings.
1-1, 2.50 ERA 1.42 WHIP
Arrieta, 28, threw six shutout innings Sunday against the Marlins allowing three hits on seven strikeouts getting the no-decision as the Cubs lost 4-3. In two career starts against the Phillies, Arrieta is 1-1 with an 8.44 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. He has never pitched at Citizens Bank Park.
2-4, 4.35 ERA, 1.55 WHIP
Hernandez, 33, allowed four runs on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts in four innings in Saturday's loss to the Reds. In two career games (one start) against the Cubs, Hernandez is 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA and a 0.71 WHIP. In nine career games (seven starts) at Citizens Bank Park, he is 1-3 with a 3.95 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.