The Phillies host the Cubs this weekend at the ballpark. I’m sure a lot of “lifelong” Cub fans will be in attendance.
But if you wanted one more look at Cole Hamels on the CBP mound (maybe), you won’t get it, since Chicago is rolling with a six-man rotation through the end of the week to give their guys some extra rest:
No Hamels now on Sunday…Cubs have pushed Hamels next start back to Monday so he will not pitch against the Phillies this weekend.#Phillies
— Ed Benkin (@EdBenkin) August 28, 2018
Jose Quintana should be up Friday followed by Kyle Hendricks. Jon Lester I believe would pitch Sunday, but I could be wrong.
The team announced that recent call-up Alec Mills will start Wednesday’s series finale against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field. Left-hander Mike Montgomery is scheduled to come off the disabled list and pitch Thursday’s makeup game at Atlanta.From there, the Cubs will slot in Jose Quintana, Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester and Cole Hamels.
Manager Joe Maddon talked Saturday about giving Quintana rest so that he regains the life on his fastball. With Mills and Montgomery starting, Quintana will get an extra day, as will the rest of the starters, as the Cubs are in the early stages of a stretch of 23 games in 23 days.
Hamels is set to pitch against Jacob deGrom at Wrigley Field tonight.
So no sentimentality this Sunday, but a better chance to actually win the game, since Cole is on fire since joining Chicago at the beginning of the month:
34 innings pitched, 24 hits, three earned runs, eight walks and 30 strikeouts. Just look at that last outing against the Reds and be glad that the Phillies aren’t going to have to square off against Hamels on Sunday.