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Cubs at Phillies Series Preview: Probables, How to Watch, and More

Chicago starts a six-game road trip with manager David Ross back in the dugout after returning from a COVID-19 case Sunday.

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The Chicago Cubs head out on a six-game road trip, starting with a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

The Cubs (65-79, fourth in NL Central) enter their road trip having lost three straight and four of their past five. The MLB-leading San Francisco Giants swept the Cubs, who were outscored 37-10 in the series including a 15-4 loss.

Cubs manager David Ross returned to the club during the series after his 10-day self-isolation period in the wake of a positive COVID-19 test. Bench coach Andy Green served as the acting manager during Ross’ absence.

The Phillies (72-71, second in NL East) have also lost four of their past five, which includes three losses by one run. Garrett Hampson hit two home runs to drive in all of the Colorado Rockies’ runs in a 5-4 win against the Phillies on Sunday. The Phillies lost three of four at home against the Rockies, who are 30 games below .500 (21-51) on the road.

Standings Watch

The Cubs hold the eighth-worst record in the MLB. They’re a game-and-a-half back of the Kansas City Royals and two games up on the Minnesota Twins.

The Phillies trail the Atlanta Braves by four-and-half games for the top spot in the NL East. Philadelphia also has the New York Mets right behind them by one game. The Phillies are two-and-half games from the second spot in the NL wild-card race, with the San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals each ahead of them.

Injuries

Cubs: Brad Wieck (heart), Keegan Thompson (shoulder), Kohl Stewart (elbow), Jonathan Holder (shoulder), Jason Heyward (head), Michael Hermosillo (forearm), Nick Madrigal (hamstring), Nico Hoerner (oblique), Jose Lobaton (shoulder), P.J. Higgins (forearm)

Phillies: JoJo Romero (elbow), Zach Eflin (knee), Luke Williams (health protocols), Roman Quinn (achilles), Travis Jankowski (foot), Rhys Hoskins (groin)

Probable Pitchers

Tuesday: Adrian Sampson, RHP (0-2, 2.20 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) vs. Kyle Gibson, RHP (4-3, 4.60 ERA, 1.38 WHIP)

Wednesday: Alec Mills, RHP (6-6, 4.35 ERA, 1.38 WHIP) vs. Ranger Suarez, LHP (6-4, 1.38 ERA, 1.03 WHIP)

Thursday: Kyle Hendricks, RHP (14-6, 4.54 ERA, 1.34 WHIP) vs. TBA

How to Watch

Tuesday: 6:05 PM, Marquee Sports Network

Wednesday: 6:05 PM, Marquee Sports Network

Thursday: 5:05 PM, Marquee Sports Network

All times Central

Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for NHL.com. Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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