Both Kris Bryant and Albert Almora Jr. hit home runs for the Cubs into a strong Chicago breeze last night, while the Marlins could only manage a Dee Gordon sacrifice fly in what was a strong pitching performance by both teams. Justin Bour could have provided the spark that Miami needed, but he was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game after being diagnosed with a bone bruise in his left ankle which may require time on the DL to heal.
For the second year in a row, the Marlins are playing important games against the Cubs in June; winning this current series would confirm that Miami’s season is back on track, and could propel them to heights that seemed impossible just two weeks ago. Here are the story lines to follow over the next two games.
As predicted, the Marlins rotation has been a patchwork job so far in 2017, as a mixture of injuries and struggles have held this team back from the beginning of the season.
The latest figures for All-Star voting have been revealed, and the Marlins currently need help if they are to have any players represent the team in this year’s Midsummer Classic in Miami.
The Marlins may not have been to the playoffs since 2003, but they have achieved more incredible feats than most since their first season in 1993.
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