miami marlins home run sculptureIt’s the Cubs versus that damn sculpture, man. I absolutely hate it, and absolutely love it at the same time. I love how much I hate it. And I really want someone to hit it tonight. The Cubs have at least two bats in the lineup capable of it – Anthony Rizzo and Mike Olt.

Jason Hammel will face the Marlins for the second time in a couple weeks, and it’ll be hard to top what he did last time at Wrigley: 7IP, 0R, 6H, 1BB, 8K.

Nate Schierholtz gets the night off in favor of Justin Ruggiano, who gets to do a little homecoming (he’s also been very hot).

Game Info

Miami Marlins (35-33) at Chicago Cubs (28-39), 6:10 CT on CSN.

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Starting Pitchers

Jason Hammel (2.81 ERA, 3.02 FIP, 3.47 xFIP; 4.22 K/BB)


Tom Koehler (3.68 ERA, 4.55 FIP, 4.58 xFIP; 1.60 K/BB)

Miami Marlins Lineup

1. Jake Marisnick, CF

2. Jeff Baker, 2B

3. Giancarlo Stanton, RF

4. Casey McGehee, 3B

5. Garrett Jones, 1B

6. Marcell Ozuna, LF

7. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS

8. Jeff Mathis, C

9. Tom Koehler, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Luis Valbuena, 2B

2. Justin Ruggiano, RF

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Starlin Castro, SS

5. Ryan Sweeney, CF

6. Junior Lake, LF

7. Mike Olt, 3B

8. John Baker, C

9. Jason Hammel, P

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