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By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

The Philadelphia Phillies (62-58) will look for their third straight win and a series sweep of the Chicago Cubs (64-56) Thursday evening, as veteran southpaw Drew Smyly makes his third home start in red pinstripes. Smyly will oppose four-time All-Star RHP Yu Darvish. Phillies LF Corey Dickerson (hand) will return to the Phillies' starting lineup in the series finale, batting cleanup; he sat Wednesday after taking a pitch off his left knuckles on Tuesday, avoiding serious injury.

The Phillies offense came alive in their 11-1 win opposite their former 2008 World Series MVP LHP Cole Hamels on Wednesday. Bryce Harper (3-3, 2 HR) and J.T. Realmuto (2-4, 2B, grand slam) led the way, respectively improving their season slash lines to .253/.374/.485 and  .277/.330/.471. While Hamels earned the loss, allowing eight runs through two-plus innings, Phillies current ace RHP Aaron Nola earned his 11th win of the season, yielding just one run through seven innings. 1B Logan Morrison (0-1) made his Phillies debut as a pinch-hitter.

Prior to Thursday''s finale, the Phillies transferred RHP Edubray Ramos (right shoulder) from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day injured list, and claimed RHP Jared Hughes off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds. Hughes, 34, posted a 1.94 ERA and 1.017 WHIP spanning 72 appearances last season; in 2019, he has logged a 4.10 ERA and 1.241 WHIP over 47 appearances. Ramos will not be eligible to return until mid-September, although he could be out the rest of the season.

Starting Pitching Matchup:

Chicago Cubs (64-56) Philadelphia Phillies (62-58)
RHP Yu Darvish LHP Drew Smyly
(4-6, 4.43 ERA) (2-6, 6.96 ERA)

RHP Yu Darvish, Age: 32

  • Career vs. PHI: 1-0, 1.96 ERA, 3 G, 3 GS, 18 1/3 IP, 12 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 HR, 6 BB, 23 SO, 0.982 WHIP
  • Career at Citizens Bank Park: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 5 1/3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 BB, 7 SO, 0.938 WHIP

Darvish has surrendered only two walks, while striking out 53 batters, over his last seven starts and 41 2/3 innings. In his most recent start against the Phillies, May 20 at Wrigley Field, the right-hander allowed three runs on four hits, three walks and seven strikeouts spanning six innings and 95 pitches (no-decision).


LHP Drew Smyly, Age: 30

  • Career vs. CHC: N/A
  • Career at Citizens Bank Park: 1-1, 3.75 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 12 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 12 SO, 0.833 WHIP

Through four starts with the Phillies, Smyly is 1-1 with a 3.80 ERA, .224/.283/.412 opposing slash, and 24-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio spanning 23 2/3 innings. The six-year veteran southpaw will make his first career start against the Cubs.

Starting Lineups:

Chicago Cubs (64-56) Philadelphia Phillies (62-58)
  Position Player Bats   Position Player Bats
1 CF Albert Almora Jr. R 1 1B Rhys Hoskins R
2 RF Nicholas Castellanos R 2 RF Bryce Harper L
3 3B Kris Bryant R 3 C J.T. Realmuto R
4 1B Anthony Rizzo L 4 LF Corey Dickerson L
5 SS Javier Baez R 5 SS Jean Segura R
6 2B David Bote R 6 2B Cesar Hernandez S
7 LF Kyle Schwarber L 7 3B Scott Kingery R
8 C Victor Caratini S 8 CF Adam Haseley L
9 P Yu Darvish R 9 P Drew Smyly L

Broadcast Information:

  • First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
  • Radio: 1210 WPHT

Game Notes:

  • Around the League:
    • New York Mets (RHP Marcus Stroman, 6-11, 3.20 ERA) at Atlanta Braves (RHP Julio Teheran, 7-7, 3.35 ERA), 7:20 p.m.
    • Brewers & Nationals: Off-day
  • In 10 career plate appearances against Darvish, Dickerson is 4-for-10 with a double, solo home run, and two strikeouts (.400/.400/.800).


What's Next:

  • Friday, August 16, 2019: vs. San Diego Padres, 7:05 p.m.
    • Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pa.
    • RHP Chris Paddack (7-5, 3.26 ERA) vs. RHP Vince Velasquez (4-7, 4.30 ERA)
    • TV: NBC 10; Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP


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