Cole Hamels and the Phillies begin the first of 10 consecutive games at Citizens Bank Park tonight when they host Rich Hill and the Chicago Cubs. Game time is 7:05 p.m. ET.
Preview: The Phillies get a look at another rising arm in left-hander Rich Hill (4-1, 1.73 ERA). Hill, who’s been Chicago’s best pitcher, has allowed two or fewer runs in all but one of his six starts. The Phillies will counter with their own young lefter. Cole Hamels (4-1, 3.59) rebounded from a rough start to strike out nine over seven innings in Sunday's 8-5 win in San Francisco. Ryan Howard, scheduled to meet with team doctors today, is listed as a game time decision. Howard belted a game-winning grand slam to help lead the Phillies to a 9-3 victory over the Diamondbacks Wednesday. Today marks the beginning of the first of two 10-game homestands. The Phils are 6-7 (.462) at home but 6-3 (.667) in their last nine. They trail the Braves by seven games in the NL East.