Miami Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs: Game 63 Thread and Ichthyomancy

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins will look to win the final game of the three game series with the Chicago Cubs on Sunday afternoon. Henderson Alvarez will be on the mound for the Marlins.

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After winning four straight over the Tampa Bay Rays, the Miami Marlins have struggled in the first two games of a three game set with the Chicago Cubs. The Marlins will look to salvage the final game of the series on Sunday afternoon, with Henderson Alvarez on the mound.

Pitching Matchup
PROJ ERA FIP ERA MARLINS Cubs ERA FIP PROJ ERA
3.83 3.29 2.62 Alvarez Arrieta 3.00 2.94 4.50

Henderson Alvarez has been consistent in his last three starts, during which he went 21 combined innings without yielding a run. In his last outing against the Rays, Alvarez went the distance, giving up eight hits and no runs while striking out five and not issuing a walk.

Jake Arrieta was efficient in his last outing, though it lasted just four and two third innings. Against the Mets, he gave up one run while walking three and striking out two.

Lineups

Today's Lineups

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
J.T. Realmuto - C Chris Coghlan - LF
A. Hechavarria - SS John Baker - C
H. Alvarez - RHP Jake Arrieta - RHP

Miami's offense has slowed down a bit after facing the Cubs' top of the rotation arms, but will look to score early against Arrieta. Ed Lucas gets the start at second base, and J.T. Realmuto will get the start behind the plate.

Luis Valbuena will be at third base for the Cubs, with former Marlin Chris Coghlan getting the start in left and John Baker starting behind the plate.

Notes

-Can the Marlins take the last game? After dropping the first two, the Marlins will look to get back in the win column before heading to Texas to take on the Rangers.

-Will Alvarez be effective? Alvarez has been efficient his last three times out, and should be able to pitch well against the Cubs.

Bold Prediction: Marlins def. Cubs 2-0

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