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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

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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.

Injuries

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