UPDATES & NEWS
Cole Hamels allowed three runs on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts over seven innings against the Nationals on Saturday.
Hamels has now thrown eight quality starts over his last nine outings. The pitch counts, including the 117 he threw in this latest outing, have been real high for him, but the Phillies keep rolling him out there inning after inning. It's pretty obvious that they know they're going to be sellers and while he's not the first one they want to deal, they also know he should bring back the biggest haul in return. That being said, the team doesn't really care how many pitches he throws, just so long as the other teams line up to buy him. Keep an eye on his pitches in the second half, especially if he lands with another club.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Jed Lowrie left Monday's game with a thumb injury. He's going back to Houston Tuesday for an MRI.
In all likelihood Jonathan Villar or Marwin Gonzalez will fill in for Lowrie if he misses extended time, but there's an outside chance the first-place Astros call up uber-prospect Carlos Correa for his first major league taste. Correa is murdering the Texas League (Double-A) to the tune of .375/.429/.719 with four home runs and two stolen bases. He's worth a speculative add in competitive leagues until the situation becomes more clear. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow has hinted that he wouldn't be scared to "lift" Correa straight from Double-A at some point. Analysis: Spencer Silva