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Quintana, Cubs hope to bounce back vs. Phils
Philadelphia Phillies at Chicago Cubs
- The Phillies swept the Rockies in three games at home directly following a 3-1 home series loss versus the Brewers. Philadelphia posted a .355 on-base percentage and a .457 slugging percentage against Colorado after being limited to marks of .275/.328 versus Milwaukee.
- The Cubs took two of three in Washington, salvaging a 3-3 split on their road trip. Since being swept by the Braves from April 1-3, the Cubs have gone 8-2 versus NL East teams, outscoring opponents 56-29 in those 10 games.
- Chicago went 4-2 versus Philadelphia last season, winning both series between the teams, 2-1. The Phillies have gone 2-8 at Wrigley Field since 2016, with both of those wins coming in series-opening games.
- Bryce Harper has homered in back-to-back games and is slashing .350/.381/.800 with six RBI during his current five-game hitting streak. In the five games prior, Harper slashed .125/.364/.125 with zero RBI.
- Right-handed hitting Willson Contreras has picked up at least one hit versus right-handed pitching in five straight games. He is hitting .343 against righties this season, the highest mark by any right-handed hitter in the National League, and second highest in MLB behind Tim Anderson (.360, min. 100 PA).
- Jake Arrieta has a 2.31 ERA in 59 career starts at Wrigley Field. This is the second-lowest ERA at Wrigley all-time, higher than only Hippo Vaughn's 2.18 mark (min. 50 games started).
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The Chicago Cubs are finding there isn't much room for error lately.
They will face the visiting Philadelphia Phillies in the second game of a four-game series on Tuesday night, and the Cubs will try to get on the winning side after dropping the series opener 5-4 in 10 innings on Monday, their fourth loss in six games.
Chicago was one out from victory when the Phillies tied the score on a bloop single that sailed just out of reach of first baseman Anthony Rizzo.
Philadelphia then scored the go-ahead run in the 10th on a solo homer by J.T. Realmuto that barely cleared the left field fence.
Cubs starter Jose Quintana (4-3, 3.68 ERA) will try to even the series while also attempting to end a personal two-game skid.
Quintana has been hit by some hard luck recently as well. He threw two consecutive wild pitches against the Cincinnati Reds in a steady rain in his last start, the second allowing the Reds to tie the score before they eventually won 4-2.
"We've got to be able to overcome those mistakes," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.
Quintana's numbers have been decent the past two outings. He allowed three runs and four hits in 6 2/3 innings against the Milwaukee Brewers on May 10, and three runs and six hits in five innings against the Reds on Thursday, but the Cubs combined for two runs of support in those starts.
Quintana has faced the Phillies four times in his career and is 0-1 with a 4.76 ERA
The Phillies have won four straight to move a season-high nine games over .500.
Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez is 8-for-16 in his past four games to raise his batting average to .310.
Philadelphia right fielder Bryce Harper went 0-for-4 on Monday night to end his season-long five-game hitting streak, but he lined out to deep right in the first inning on ball that registered an exit velocity of 115.5 mph, the highest he's had this season, according to Statcast.
Phillies starter Zach Eflin (5-4, 2.89 ERA) had three straight exceptional starts before running into a speed bump in his last outing.
Eflin allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings of an 11-3 loss to the Brewers on Thursday. In the three previous starts, he had allowed just two earned runs over 25 innings (0.72 ERA) and won all three.
"Just have to be better," Eflin said after his last start. "I've got to show up better prepared to execute the game plan. Didn't really do a good job of that (Thursday). These next four days leading up to my next start, I'm going to work hard, study and get back on the right track."
That run was similar to the stretch he put together from June 5 to July 3, went he became the first Phillies pitcher since Cliff Lee in 2011 to record six consecutive wins.
Eflin didn't allow more than two earned runs in any of the outings. The first win in that streak came against the Cubs, when he held them to one run and eight hits in 7 2/3 innings of the 6-1 win in Chicago.
He has made three starts overall against the Cubs in his career and is 1-1 with a 3.20 ERA.
Chicago third baseman Kris Bryant is 6-for-10 off Eflin in his career.
--Field Level Media
Updated May 21, 2019