Scouting Report on todays starters from MLB.com
Cole Hamels – Hamels pitched seven strong innings against the Nationals, allowing two earned runs on six hits. His night was done well before the game was decided and, though he was denied his 12th win of the season, the Phillies won the game in extras. Hamels tried to get a win on his own bobblehead giveaway night, but the Nats rallied in the ninth inning. He’s allowed two or fewer walks in his past four starts.

Ted Lilly – Lilly has won his last seven decisions and has a 2.77 ERA since June 15, giving up 17 earned runs over 55 1/3 innings. He’s also recorded a hit in four straight starts. In his last outing against the Cardinals, he gave up one run on six hits over seven innings. He’s the first Cubs lefty to win 11 games since Greg Hibbard went 15-11 in 1993.

View the Cubs career numbers vs. Cole Hamels – ESPN Splits

View the game preview from Baseball Reference

Who’s Hot

  • Pat Burrell – .435 / .570 / .758 in the month of July with 5 HR and 21 RBI
  • Ryan Howard – 10 HR’s in July
  • Shane Victorino – 9 SB and a .350 average in July

    Who’s Cold

  • Cole Hammels – 6.33 ERA in his last four starts
  • Abraham Nunez – .154 average in July
  • Pat Burrell – .203 / .370 / .364 on the road this year.

    Tonight’s Lineups

    Philadelphia Chicago
    S. Victorino – RF A. Soriano – LF
    T. Iguchi – 2B R. Theriot – SS
    J. Rollins – SS D. Lee – 1B
    R. Howard – 1B A. Ramirez – 3B
    A. Rowand – CF M. DeRosa – 2B
    P. Burrell – LF M. Murton – RF
    W. Helms – 3B A. Pagan – CF
    C. Ruiz – C J. Kendall – C
    C. Hamels – P T. Lilly – P


    News and Notes

  • Pending physicals, the Rangers have dealt Mark Teixeira and Ron Mahay to the Braves for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Elvis Andrus, and two prospects. (Source)
  • Chad Tracy (ARI) had a lubricating injection on Sunday. Is it just me or does this seem to make him a porn star?
  • The family of late St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock dropped a wrongful-death lawsuit against Mike Shannon’s restaurant stemming from the player’s death in April. (Source)
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