All-time against the Marlins, the Cubs are 93-92. That's 50-46 at Wrigley Field, 43-46 in Miami.
Over the last two seasons, since the Cubs began their current playoff-caliber runs, they are 7-6 against Miami, 5-1 at Wrigley Field (including a three-game sweep last year) and 2-5 in Miami.
The Cubs have won the last five games at Wrigley between the two teams. Here's hoping that continues.
Here are today’s particulars.
Zobrist 2B, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Contreras C, Heyward RF, Almora CF, Baez SS, Butler P, Schwarber LF
Gordon 2B, Stanton RF, Yelich CF, Ozuna LF, Realmuto C, Dietrich 3B, Moore 1B, Riddle SS, Straily P
Eddie Butler vs. Dan Straily
Eddie Butler has made four starts for the Cubs. Two were good, one was rough because of horrid weather conditions, and one was bad. He's going to need to cut down on the walks (13 in 18⅓ innings) to be successful.
Butler faced the Marlins last year in Miami, June 18, 2016, and trust me you do not want to click on that boxscore link. (Don't say I didn't warn you.)
Justin Bour homered off Butler in that game, that's all I'll tell you. Current members of the Marlins are hitting .460 (!) off Butler (23-for-50).
He's going to have to do better than that to win tonight.
Dan Straily has turned into a pretty good, reliable starter, a guy who could be a solid No. 4 or No. 5 on a contending team. The Cubs could use that... you don't suppose... ?
The Cubs had Straily and traded him. That deal worked out pretty well, as it brought Dexter Fowler to the Cubs. No complaints there, and credit to Straily for turning himself into something better than he was when he left the Cubs.
Last year, Straily made two starts and one relief appearance against the Cubs and they pounded him pretty good: 10.13 ERA, 2.156 WHIP, 12 runs and three home runs (two by Kris Bryant, one by Addison Russell) in 10⅔ innings.
More of that, please.
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