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On The Horizon: Cubs vs. Marlins series preview

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The Cubs return home for a seven-game homestand after a brief three-game road trip.

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Perhaps it’s best to move along quickly from the last series, and hope this one goes better.

Since the Marlins’ split with the Cubs in the opening series this season, they are 11-18. Overall this year, the Marlins are 4-2 against teams with losing records, 9-18 against teams with winning records.

The Cubs enter this series with a winning record, barely, at 16-15. Perhaps that will be a good sign.

After Wednesday, the Cubs say farewell to the Marlins until 2019. This time, I think I can safely omit the words “unless they meet in the postseason.” The Marlins won’t be making the 2018 postseason.

Fun fact

The Cubs lead the all-time regular season series between these two teams 99-97. They’re 52-47 against the Marlins at Wrigley Field. (I am deliberately leaving out a certain postseason series.)

Pitching matchups

Monday: Kyle Hendricks, RHP (2-2, 3.19 ERA, 1.091 WHIP, 5.31 FIP) vs. Jarlin Garcia, LHP (1-0, 1.09 ERA, 0.848 WHIP, 3.73 FIP)

Tuesday: Yu Darvish, RHP (0-3, 6.00 ERA, 1.567 WHIP, 5.09 FIP) vs. Jose Urena, RHP (0-5, 5.28 ERA, 1.275 WHIP, 4.09 FIP)

Wednesday: Jose Quintana, LHP (3-2, 4.99 ERA, 1.533 WHIP, 4.66 FIP) vs. Wei-Yin Chen, LHP (1-1, 4.82 ERA, 1.607 WHIP, 8.52 FIP)

Times & TV channels

Monday: 7:05 p.m. CT, NBC Sports Chicago

Tuesday: 7:05 p.m. CT, NBC Sports Chicago

Wednesday: 1:20 p.m. CT, WGN

Prediction

I’m going to keep picking two of three until the Cubs actually do it.

Up next

The Cubs are off Thursday, then host the crosstown White Sox in afternoon games Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Poll

How many games will the Cubs win against the Marlins?

This poll is closed

  • 38%
    3
    (73 votes)
  • 37%
    2
    (71 votes)
  • 16%
    1
    (31 votes)
  • 7%
    0
    (15 votes)
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