Coming off a four game series against the New York Mets in which the teams played to a split, the Philadelphia Phillies next look forward to the Chicago Cubs. The Phils will travel to Chicago and play three day games this weekend, with Roy Halladay taking the mound on Friday.
The Phillies sit a whopping 20 games out of first place in the National League East, and are in third place at the end of play Thursday with a record of 61-73. Despite getting blown out by the Mets 11-3 on Thursday, the Phils have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games, and are 8-6 under Ryne Sandberg since he took over for Charlie Manuel on August 16th.
Domonic Brown, who had been dealing with pain in his Achilles for the good part of the last week, made his return to the lineup in Thursday afternoon’s loss to the Mets. After missing four straight games, he came back and went 2 for 4 with 2 singles.
Cody Asche is a different story. Asche pulled his hamstring rounding first base Wednesday night, and had to be taken out of the game. Asche missed Thursday’s game in New York, and is unlikely to play until at least Saturday. It does not appear that Asche’s hamstring strain is serious enough to keep him out of action for a long period of time, but he will probably not play again until later in the weekend series with the Cubs.
Some bullpen help could be in the near future for the Phils. Joe Savery was activated from the disabled list earlier this week, and was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. More than likely, Savery will make a few appearances for the IronPigs, and then will be evaluated to see whether he will warrant a call-up to the big club or not.
The Phillies enter the final month of their season on Friday, as they have 28 games remaining before a rather critical offseason where the fate of players like Carlos Ruiz, Roy Halladay and possibly others will be determined.
Listed below are the pitching matchups for this weekend’s series with the Cubs.
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