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Miami Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs: Game 61 Thread and Ichthyomancy

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The Miami Marlins travel to the friendly confines of Wrigley Field in the hopes of continuing their winning ways, as they seek their fifth consecutive win versus the Chicago Cubs. It will be Nathan Eovaldi versus Jason Hammel.

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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.

Pitching Matchup
PROJ ERA FIP ERA MARLINS Cubs ERA FIP PROJ ERA
3.89 3.20 3.24 Eovaldi Hammel 2.78 3.04 3.80

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.

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
A. Hechavarria - SS Chris Coghlan - LF
Jeff Mathis - C John Baker - C
Nathan Eovaldi - RHP Jason Hammel - RHP

After a day with debuts for Justin Bour and J.T. Realmuto, Miami returns with the same lineup as usual against the Cubs. This lineup could use more Realmuto, honestly. JT REE!

Former Marlins catcher John Baker and former outfielder Chris Coghlan are on the other side and are welcome sights for Fish fans.

Notes

- 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