Those numbers have been hurt by a bad July for Hamels, who is 1-3 with a 11.12 ERA in four starts after carrying a 3.61 ERA into the month.
Hamels threw a no-hitter against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 25, 2015. Hamels is due what's left on his $23.5 million salary, plus a $6 million buyout on next year's club option. That would help ease the burden on a rotation that features two 34-year-olds (Hamels and Jon Lester), a pitcher now on track to set a new career high in innings (Mike Montgomery), a guy who experienced shoulder fatigue right before the All-Star Break (Jose Quintana) and, of course, Chatwood and his mechanical issues that have seen him walk 85 batters in only 94 innings.
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"He has pitched in some pretty big games [and] he's done very well", Cubs Manager Joe Maddon told reporters Thursday, as the Hamels talks were heating up. It was his last start for the Phillies before being dealt to the Rangers. He's a great competitor, got good stuff. He is 1-7 with a 6.41 ERA and an opponents' OPS of.911 at the Rangers' hitter-friendly Globe Life Park - and has an extensive postseason pedigree.
The Cubs are on top of the NL with a 60-42 record entering Friday night's game at St. Louis, but they haven't received much length from their starting pitching. He has struggled recently, with a 10.23 ERA in his past five starts.
The Cubs just activated Butler from the disabled list earlier this week after he had missed three months with a groin injury. Lacy, an 11th-round pick in last year's draft out of Creighton, was assigned to Class A Down East. Butler is 1-1 with a 4.08 ERA in eight appearances this year.