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.
|PROJ ERA||FIP||ERA||MARLINS||Cubs||ERA||FIP||PROJ ERA|
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.
|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.
-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