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

The Cubs begin the second half with a three-game series against former friend Kyle Schwarber in Philadelphia.
Chicago Cubs Philadelphia Phillies Series Preview


The Chicago Cubs return for the second half of their season when they visit the Philadelphia Phillies for a three-game set starting Friday at Citizens Bank Park.

The Cubs (35-47) finished the first half of their season with a 3-2 win against the New York Mets to end a nine-game losing streak. The main focus for Chicago in the second half will be how its players perform prior to the MLB Trade Deadline, which is Aug. 2. All-Star catcher Willson Contreras and outfielder Ian Happ will have the highest value for Cubs general manager Carter Hawkins to maximize a return on.

The Phillies (49-43) entered the All-Star break with a three-game road sweep of the Miami Marlins. Philadelphia holds a slight edge on the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants for the third NL wild-card spot. This series could help the Phillies see if they should pursue trade acquisitions to help their playoff push.


Chicago Cubs – Kyle Hendricks: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Alec Mills: 15-Day IL (back), Jason Heyward: 10-Day IL (knee), Michael Hermosillo: 60-Day IL (quadricep), Frank Schwindel: 10-Day IL (back), Nick Madrigal: 10-Day IL (groin), Wade Miley: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Manuel Rodriguez: 60-Day IL (elbow), Ethan Roberts: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Adbert Alzolay: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Codi Heuer: 60-Day IL (elbow), Brad Wieck: 60-Day IL (elbow)

Philadelphia Phillies – Hans Crouse: 60-Day IL (covid-19), James McArthur: 60-Day IL (elbow), Zach Eflin: 15-Day IL (knee), Damon Jones: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Bryce Harper: 10-Day IL (thumb), Jean Segura: 60-Day IL (finger), Nick Maton: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Ryan Sherriff: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Sam Coonrod: 60-Day IL (shoulder)

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Probable Pitchers

Friday: Justin Steele, LHP (3-6, 4.15 ERA, 1.41 WHIP) vs. Kyle Gibson, RHP (5-3, 4.35 ERA, 1.20 WHIP)

Saturday: Marcus Stroman, RHP (2-5, 4.69 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) vs. Zack Wheeler, RHP (8-5, 2.89 ERA, 1.08 WHIP)

Sunday: Drew Smyly, LHP (2-5, 4.22 ERA, 1.35 WHIP) vs. TBA

How to Watch

Friday: 6:05 PM, Apple TV+

Saturday: 5:05 PM, Marquee Sports Network

Sunday: 11:05 AM, Peacock

All times Central