Chicago’s offense ranks last in runs, on-base, slugging and average. Tonight they contend with NL strikeout leader Cole Hamels (8-2, 3.57 ERA) in the second of three interleague games. Jose Contreras (4-6, 4.23 ERA) counters for the White Sox.
Hamels by the numbers: Hamels leads the NL in strikeouts (96) and is tied for the lead in wins (8). He has won six of his last eight starts and has pitched at least 6.0 innings in all but one start this season. The Phillies are 9-4 in his 13 starts and 9-2 in his last 11.
Chicago offensive futility: Adam Eaton and the Phillies shutout the hapless White Sox offense for a fifth time this season. Chicago’s south-siders have lost six of their last seven and 13 of 16. This is the first time the team has been seven games under since 2003. With Scott Podsednik, Darin Erstad and Pablo Ozuna on the disabled list, they’ve used six different leadoff hitters this season and eight players in the No. 2 slot in the lineup. The bullpen has gone 2-7 with a 8.83 ERA (69 ER/ 70.1 IP) and five blown saves in its last 30 games. White Sox starting pitchers have compiled a 2.87 ERA (26 ER/81.2 IP) over the last 12 games but are just 3-6 in that stretch as they have received just 2.87 runs of support.
All-Star update: Chase Utley is leading all second basemen in All-Star voting with 630,007 votes. Jimmy Rollins ranks fourth in the shortstop voting with 329,706 votes.