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Chicago Cubs vs. Miami Marlins preview, Thursday 6/22, 6:10 CT

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The Cubs begin an important 11-game road trip in Miami.

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Here's the 40-man roster move made to make room for Mark Zagunis, who was added earlier today:

Here's an interesting note on the Cubs offense this year:

The 2013 Cubs, as you know, weren't very good (96 losses). The 2010 Blue Jays went 85-77.

Last year's Cubs had a team BABIP of .302, which was only in the middle of the pack in MLB (13th). However, .275 would have been dead last.

You'd think this would revert to the mean eventually. The best team in BABIP this year is the Rockies (.332), so it's no surprise that they are winning.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Rizzo 1B, Bryant 3B, Contreras C, Russell SS, Happ LF, Almora CF, Baez 2B, Arrieta P, Zagunis RF

Mark Zagunis is making his major-league debut.

Marlins lineup:

Gordon 2B, Stanton RF, Yelich CF, Ozuna LF, Bour 1B, Realmuto C, Dietrich 3B, Riddle SS, Locke P

Jake Arrieta vs. Jeff Locke

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Jake Arrieta, who are you?

Are you the guy who put together four straight pretty good (or better) starts, six innings in each, with an ERA of 2.63 and 27 strikeouts in 24 innings?

Or are you the guy who couldn't finish the fifth inning in either of his last two outings, allowing five walks and six runs in nine total innings?

One of those good starts was June 6 at Wrigley Field against the Marlins. Jake allowed just two hits (and three walks) in six innings against Miami. Hopefully he can do the same tonight.

Also hopefully, the Cubs can do what they did to Jeff Locke that night, get him out of the game after he threw 89 pitches in 4⅔ innings. Anthony Rizzo homered off Locke in that game, who hasn't been much better in two starts since then (9⅓ total innings, 13 hits, six runs).

The Cubs won 10-2 on June 6. I'll take another one of those, please.

Today's game is on CSN Chicago. It’s also on MLB Network (outside the Chicago and Miami markets).

Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

SB Nation game preview

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