The Miami Marlins have four straight wins in the books after their super-sweep of the Citrus Series versus the Tampa Bay Rays, and the club will look to continue with their success today against the Chicago Cubs in the first of a afternoon-only three-game series. Nathan Eovaldi will take the bump versus Jason Hammel.
|PROJ ERA||FIP||ERA||MARLINS||Cubs||ERA||FIP||PROJ ERA|
Eovaldi has not been whiffing batters with his extreme strike approach. In May, he posted just a 4.40 ERA and 4.95 FIP, including five homers allowed and a modest 16.8 percent strikeout rate. His last outing however worked out nicely; he went eight innings and gave up two runs on six hits and no walks with four strikeouts versus the Atlanta Braves.
Jason Hammel is also having a surprisingly good season. In his last outing, he put up seven shutout innings with eight strikeouts agaisnt the Milwaukee Brewers.
|MIAMI MARLINS||CHICAGO CUBS|
|C. Yelich - LF||E. Bonifacio - 2B|
|Ed Lucas - 2B||Junior Lake - CF|
|G. Stanton - RF||Anthony Rizzo - 1B|
|Casey McGehee - 3B||Starlin Castro - SS|
|Garrett Jones - 1B||Luis Valbuena - 3B|
|Marcell Ozuna - CF||N. Schierholtz - RF|
|A. Hechavarria - SS||Chris Coghlan - LF|
|Jeff Mathis - C||John Baker - C|
|Nathan Eovaldi - RHP||Jason Hammel - RHP|
Former Marlins catcher John Baker and former outfielder Chris Coghlan are on the other side and are welcome sights for Fish fans.
- I'll be in for today's game. Who's with me for Afternoon with the Fish?
- Can Miami score on the groundballing Hammel? The Fish had surprisingly few issues against the Tampa Bay Rays' starters, but the Cubs boast some nice arms as well.
Bold Prediction: Marlins def. Cubs 4-3