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Cole Hamels allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and four walks while striking out eight batters over seven innings taking the no-decision against the Mets on Sunday.
Hamels bounced back nicely from a rough start, but was unable to factor into the decision after yet another extra-inning game on Sunday. He is now 1-3 with a 4.01 ERA and 1.32 WHIP through his first eight starts, averaging just over one strikeout per inning pitched (9.06 K/9). Although wins will be hard to come by moving forward, as long as he continues to rack up strikeouts he is a pitcher that should be started every time he takes the mound no matter the matchup. Hamels will look to get back to his winning ways when he takes on the Reds on Friday.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Tanner Roark is expected to be on a limit of around 70 pitches Monday.
Monday's start will be the first of the season for the 15-game winner from last year. Roark is taking the spot of Doug Fister in the rotation as Fister recovers from an ailing forearm. The pitch limit will is only because he has not been lengthened into a starter yet this year. Normally an efficient pitcher, the Cubs will test him as they average 4.0 pitches per plate appearance this year. Analysis: Matt Selz
Sean Doolittle is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.
The Athletics were thrilled to see the performance of Doolittle in his last rehab outing on Friday. Doolittle was reevaluated on Monday and was given clearance to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday. Bob Melvin said they would work him back into the fold slowly and not put him right back into high pressure situations. The return of Doolittle hurts the fantasy value of Tyler Clippard. Analysis: Drew Phelps