Coming off of a three-game sweep of the Wild Card leading Braves, the Phillies (91-48) are in Milwaukee for a four-game series with the NL Central leading Brewers (85-59). These two teams squared off in mid-April with the Brewers taking two out of three. The Phils were outscored 18-7 in that series but are a completely different team at this point in the year.
The Phils did activate Jimmy Rollins from the DL today but he is not in the lineup. Chase Utley did not travel with the team after getting hit in the back of the helmet by a pitch last night against Atlanta. Ruben Amaro diagnosed it as a mild concussion and Utley will stay behind for further tests.
Tonight’s matchup is set for 8:10pm at Miller Park and here is the pitching preview….
Cole Hamels: 13-7, 2.63 ERA
Cole Hamels is coming off of a solid start his last time out against the Marlins. He went seven innings and gave up three runs while striking out seven. Unfortunately, the bullpen blew the lead late and the Phils lost, 8-4. Hamels is 4-2 with a 3.66 ERA in his career against the Brewers and has not faced them yet this season. Milwaukee is hitting just .215 against Cole as a team with Prince Fielder (.318, 2HR, 5RBI in 22 ABs) leading the charge. Ryan Braun has two homers as well against Hamels while Corey Hart and Casey McGehee each have one. Cole is 6-2 with a 2.81 ERA away from Citizens Bank Park this season, with opponents hitting just .215 against him.
Chris Narveson: 10-6, 4.26 ERA
Narveson got a win in his last start, despite going only five innings against the Astros. The Brewers won that game, 8-2 and Chris gave up the lone two runs while striking out four. He was the only Brewers pitcher to lose during the series against the Phils earlier this year. On April 20th, he gave up three runs over six innings in a 4-3 Phillies win. He is 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in his last three starts and has an 0-1 record against the Phils lifetime with a 5.40 ERA. Narveson is 6-2 with a 3.76 ERA at home this year and went 2-0 with a 3.09 ERA in August. No Phillie has more than nine at-bats against him. Polanco has the most appearances against him, hitting .375 over nine AB’s with a homer and three RBI’s. Shane Victorino also has a homer and three RBI’s against Chris in just six at-bats. As a team, the Phils are hitting .265 against the Brewers left-hander.