Monday night's game was significant in Cubs/Marlins history.
It put the Cubs one game over .500 all-time against the Marlins at 87-86. It's the first time the Cubs have had a winning record against the Marlins since May 19, 2011, and it also puts the Cubs over .500 all-time in Miami, 42-41.
These numbers don't include a certain series in 2003. We'll just not talk about that, mmmkay?
Keep up the good work, Cubs. These are games good teams should win.
Here are today's particulars.
Fowler CF, Bryant LF, Rizzo 1B, Lake RF, Castro SS, Russell 2B, Ross C, Hendricks P, Herrera 3B
Jorge Soler has a sore ankle. This will be Kris Bryant's first start in left field, though he did start one game in center field in Pittsburgh in April and played left field in Cincinnati.
Gordon 2B, Prado 3B, Stanton RF, Bour 1B, Ozuna CF, Yelich LF, Realmuto C, Hechavarria SS, Hand P
Today's Starting Pitchers
Kyle Hendricks' last four starts: 27 innings, five walks, 21 strikeouts, 2.00 ERA, 1.000 WHIP. He has never faced the Marlins and the only player on their roster he has faced is Dee Gordon (1-for-3). As noted in the recap to last night's game, the Marlins are an extreme ground-ball team and when Hendricks is on, he induces a lot of ground balls. If he does that tonight, the Cubs should win.
Brad Hand is another emergency addition to the Marlins rotation due to injuries. Pressed into service as a starter May 27 against the Pirates, he threw five shutout innings. In his 14 relief appearances before that he had posted a 5.48 ERA in 23 total innings. He has never faced the Cubs and the only player on the current roster who's faced him is David Ross (0-for-4).
Today's game is on CSN Chicago. In some parts of the USA this game will be seen on MLB Network. Check your local cable/satellite listing.
The 2015 Game Thread procedure has changed a bit. Here's how it will work going forward.
You'll find the game preview posted separately on the front page, two hours before game time (90 minutes for some early day games following night games).
At the same time, a StoryStream™ containing the preview will also post on the front page. The First Pitch Thread and all the overflow threads will be published in that stream, as well as the recap. The recap will also live on the front page as a separate post, and at the time I write the recap I will rename the stream "Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of Week) Game Threads" so you can go back and find every thread related to that particular game.
You will also be able to find the preview, First Pitch Thread, all the overflow threads and recap in the box marked "Chicago Cubs Game Threads" at the bottom of the front page (you can also find them in this section link). They will also appear in the game's StoryStream™ as noted above.
The First Pitch thread will post at five minutes before game time, then an overflow thread at one hour, two hours and 2:45 after the scheduled game time.
Discuss amongst yourselves.