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Marlins look to close out a series win against the consensus best-team-in-baseball this afternoon.

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The Marlins got back in the win column after an explosive 9-6 win yesterday versus the Cubs. Chicago has lost five of six and will draw a tough match-up against the Miami ace, Jose Fernandez, who leads the MLB with a 12.83 strikeouts per-nine-innings ratio.

Fernandez (9-3) hasn't picked up a win since his start versus the Mets on June 5th, although he threw a gem last time out against Atlanta. He went seven innings surrendering only one hit, but the bullpen blew the victory in the eighth. The offense was also stale in the game, as Jose drove in one of their two runs in the second inning to give the Marlins the lead. He will look to come out with another solid performance in his first ever match-up versus the Cubs.

As for Chicago, veteran Jason Hammel (7-3) will get the call to the mound. Hammel has given up four home runs in his last three starts, and hasn't earned a victory since June 4th, but he has been solid overall this season. He ranks in the top 15, in the NL, in both WHIP and ERA.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:10.

Pitching Matchup

Team Starter ERA FIP 2016 ZIPS Projected ERA
CHC Jason Hammel 2.55 3.83 3.95
MIA Jose Fernandez 2.36 2.05
2.64

Today's Lineups

CHICAGO CUBS MIAMI MARLINS
Ben Zobrist - 2B Ichiro Suzuki - CF
Jason Heyward - CF Martin Prado - 3B
Kris Bryant - 3B Christian Yelich - LF
Anthony Rizzo - 1B Giancarlo Stanton - RF
Willson Contreras - LF Justin Bour - 1B
Miguel Montero - C Derek Dietrich - 2B
Addison Russell - SS Adeiny Hechavarria - SS
Chris Coghlan - RF Jeff Mathis - C
Jason Hammel - RHP Jose Fernandez - RHP

Notes:

- Marlins lead the all-time series 91-90, with a 45-43 record at home.

- Ichiro has reached base safely in 11 consecutive starts dating back to May 31st.

Bold Prediction: Jose throws another gem surrendering just five hits and Justin Bour homers again, as Marlins win 4-2.