Miami Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs: Game 71 Thread and Ichthyomancy

Rob Foldy

After splitting the series with a win over the Cubs on Tuesday night, the Miami Marlins will look to take the series in game three on Wednesday afternoon. Nathan Eovaldi will make his return from the paternity list and start for the Marlins.

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Having played five of six games against the Chicago Cubs and losing the first series at Wrigley Field, the Miami Marlins have seen the Cubs are playing better baseball than their record may suggest. But with a win over the Cubs on Wednesday afternoon, the Marlins could end the year 3-3 against Chicago after losing three of the first four.

Pitching Matchup
PROJ ERA FIP ERA MARLINS Cubs ERA FIP PROJ ERA
3.84 3.17 3.71 Eovaldi Arrieta 2.09 2.32 4.31

Nathan Eovaldi makes his return from the paternity list to face the Cubs on Wednesday. Eovaldi has been solid in the front of the Marlins' rotation, though he struggled a bit his last time out. Thought to have been a bit distracted (and rightfully so), Eovaldi went four and two third innings and gave up six runs against the Pirates.

Against the Cubs, he went seven and two third innings while yielding three runs and striking out eight.

Jake Arrieta pitched seven shutout innings in his last start against the Phillies, and went six shutout innings while striking out seven Marlins in Chicago.

Lineups

Today's Lineups

CHICAGO CUBS MIAMI MARLINS
Luis Valbuena - 3B Rafael Furcal - 2B
Chris Coghlan - LF A. Hechavarria - SS
Anthony Rizzo - 1B G. Stanton - RF
Starlin Castro - SS Casey McGehee - 3B
Ryan Sweeney - CF Garrett Jones - 1B
N. Schierholtz - RF Marcell Ozuna - LF
John Baker - C Jake Marisnick - CF
Darwin Barney - 2B Jeff Mathis - C
Jake Arrieta - RHP Nathan Eovaldi - RHP

Adeiny Hechavarria thrived in the two spot yesterday and will be there again on Wednesday. Jake Marisnick remains in the seven spot with Jeff Mathis returning to catch Nathan Eovaldi.

For the Cubs, Chris Coghlan gets the start at third base with Ryan Sweeney in center and Nate Schierholtz in right.

Notes

-Can Eovaldi bounce back? Eovaldi has pitched well in the absence of Jose Fernandez, and will look to do so on Wednesday.

-Will Miami win the series? The Marlins lost their previous home series with the Pirates after being dominant at home early in the year.

-Anybody heading to Marlins Park? Odd start time, but I'll be Legends Level Third Base side if anyone is around for the afternoon contest!

Bold Prediction: Marlins def. Cubs 4-3

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