Chicago Cubs vs. Florida Marlins Preview, Sunday 7/17, 1:20 CT: The Volstad Act

The all-time series between the Cubs and Marlins is tied.

Each team has won 76 games -- and it's also tied in both ballparks; 36-36 in Miami (which will forever be the mark at the football stadium, as the Marlins move into a new park next year) and 40-40 at Wrigley Field. The Cubs lead this year's season series, 3-2, thanks mostly to the two-game sweep the Cubs gave to the Marlins in Miami in May. Besides the Marlins, the Cubs have a winning record this year against only three other teams: the Diamondbacks, from whom they won the season series 4-3, the Padres, who they lead 2-1 and won't face again until the last four games of the season in San Diego, and the Brewers, who they lead 4-3 and will play nine more times.

It would be nice to win a series. The Cubs haven't won one in a month, since they took three of four from those Brewers at Wrigley Field from June 13-16. The Cubs are 10-17 since then.

Cubs lineup:
Johnson RF, Castro SS, Ramirez 3B, Peña 1B, Byrd CF, DeWitt LF, Soto C, Barney 2B, Wells P
Marlins lineup:
Bonifacio 2b, Dobbs 3b, Morrison lf, Ramirez ss, Sanchez 1b, Stanton rf, Cameron cf, Buck c, Volstad p
Today's Starting Pitchers
Randy Wells
Randy Wells
Cubs
vs. Chris Volstad
Chris Volstad
Marlins
1-3 W-L 5-8
6.80 ERA 5.40
32 SO 68
22 BB 31
8 HR 16
vs. Fla -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Randy Wells 1-3 9 9 0 0 0 0 46.1 58 36 35 8 22 32 6.80 1.73


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Chris Volstad 5-8 18 18 0 0 0 0 103.1 120 66 62 16 31 68 5.40 1.46

Randy Wells has one career start against the Marlins, on May 11, 2010 at Wrigley Field. He pitched well and the Cubs lost. This year hasn't been any different, except Wells has pitched poorly and the Cubs have lost. Gaby Sanchez homered off Wells in that game last year.

The Cubs hit Chris Volstad pretty hard on May 19 in Miami, including a home run from Marlon Byrd. Byrd, Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez are the three current Cubs who have homered off him; Ramirez is 5-for-10 lifetime.

Today's game is on CSN Chicago and FSN Florida. Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

SB Nation game preview

Please visit our SB Nation Marlins site Fish Stripes. They still seem kind of lonely over there.

Today's first pitch thread will be up at 1:20 p.m. CDT and the overflow threads will post at 2:15 pm, 3:15 pm and 4 pm CDT. If you need more overflows due to extra innings or rain delays, post them in the fanshot section.

Discuss amongst yourselves.

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