It’s fitting that Phillies starter Cole Hamels would achieve a career milestone against the team against which he debuted way back in 2006. On Saturday night, Hamels picked up career victory number 100, holding the Reds to one run over seven innings on three hits and two walks while striking out ten. He also turned heads when he struck out the side in the third inning on nine pitches.
It was Hamels’ seventh attempt at the feat, having earned three losses and three no-decisions dating back to September 20 last season. He joins Steve Carlton, Robin Roberts, Pete Alexander, Chris Short, Curt Simmons, and Curt Schilling as the seven Phillies to have picked up triple digit victories in their careers, dating back to 1901.
Hamels has had a rough go of it since returning on April 23 after battling tendonitis in his left shoulder. Saturday’s outing lowers his ERA to 4.40 and he has a 34/12 K/BB ratio in 30 2/3 innings.
Cubs infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with back soreness. The move is retroactive to April 14. While it doesn’t appear to be the precursor to any serious injury, Zobrist has already missed six straight days of activity after feeling his back tighten up last weekend. Should he see the minimum time on the DL, as expected, he’ll be eligible to return by the start of the Cubs’ series against the Indians on Tuesday.
Prior to his injury, the 36-year-old outfielder raked an impressive .326/.408/.465 with three extra-base hits in 49 plate appearances. He last appeared for the Cubs during their homestand last weekend and helped propel the team to a 14-10 win over the Braves with three hits, two walks and two RBI. Provided that he can remain healthy going forward, it’s a promising start for the veteran outfielder, who has yet to return to the All-Star-worthy numbers he posted with the club in 2016.
With Zobrist sidelined for the time being, Ian Happ and Albert Almora Jr. have shared the leadoff spot and center field duties over the last week. Happ went 0-for-8 with six strikeouts in two games before passing the baton to Almora, who collected five hits and two RBI in 11 at-bats.