The Cubs, oddly, did not win their series in Miami in either 2015 or 2016, the last two playoff seasons.
They did win their series in Miami in 2014, the last time they have won a series in Marlins Park, which opened in 2012. All-time the Cubs are just 9-11 in Marlins Park and 45-47 against the Marlins on the road.
Time to start making changes in that, I'd say. A win today, which would produce a series win, would be a great start to this long road trip.
Here are today’s particulars.
Rizzo 1B, Bryant RF, Happ CF, Russell SS, Montero C, La Stella 3B, Baez 2B, Montgomery P, Jay LF
Mike Montgomery's last start was the kind of outing we'd been hoping he'd have. He kept his pitch count down (75 in six innings) and walked only one, allowing no runs. He's got the talent and the stuff to do this consistently. He just has to trust his stuff. Hopefully that one was the start of a long run of success.
He had a good outing against the Marlins June 5 at Wrigley Field, when he piggybacked with Eddie Butler to defeat the Fish. Montgomery threw 3⅓ innings and allowed three singles and no walks in that game.
More of this, please.
Since then? Not so much. He didn't make it out of the fifth inning in either of his last two starts, against the Athletics and Nationals, and allowed nine hits and nine walks in 8⅔ total innings. That was Volquez before the no-hitter, too; he had a 4.82 ERA and 1.671 WHIP over his first nine starts this year. So that's the Volquez we hope we get today.
The Cubs used to see Volquez frequently when he was with the Reds and Pirates, but have not faced him since May 29, 2015, when he was with the Royals. Current Cubs are hitting .262 (22-for-84) against him with no home runs.
Today's game is on CSN Chicago.
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