The Phillies, winners of eight of their last nine, begin a four-game set against the Cubs, winners of 23 of their last 31, tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Wrigley Field.
Preview: The Phillies, who were active on the trade front earlier today with the acquisition of right-hander Kyle Lohse, give the starting nod to Cole Hamels (11-5, 3.63 ERA). Hamels dominated the Cubs with seven strong frames when the teams met in early May. Ted Lilly (11-4, 3.46 ERA) is having a terrific month and excellent season overall. The left-hander had the Phils completely off-balance the last time they met, allowing one run on three hits through eight innings. It's still the best starting effort I've seen against the Phils all season.
The pressure is back on the Phillies, who became deadline buyers today. I like the surging Cubs to take tonight's opener with the Phils going on the road after three easy home games against the lowly Buccos.