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miami marlins logoThe Cubs enter another series against the Marlins coming off some winning (this time, it’s taking two of three from the Phillies). These teams played just 10 days ago, and the Cubs very nearly pulled off the sweep – winning the first two games, and dropping the finale by just one run.

This time, the teams will play in Miami, which means Anthony Rizzo MUST hit the sculpture. Must.

We’re Going Streaking

The Cubs took two of three in Philadelphia after losing their four-game series in Pittsburgh. The Cubs are 11 games under .500, gripping the worst record in the NL.

The Marlins are still hanging in there, just a game behind the Braves in the NL East, and two games over .500. They have lost five of the last eight, however.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Monday, June 16 at 6:10 CT on CSN.
  • Tuesday, June 17 at 6:10 CT on WGN.
  • Wednesday, June 18 at 11:40am CT on CSN, MLBN.

Expected Starters and Lineups

These lineups are likely to be pretty close to what actually gets fielded, but you’ll want to check each day’s Pre-Gamin’ post for the actual lineup.

Cubs

Starters: Jason Hammel (2.81 ERA, 3.02 FIP; 4.22 K/BB), Jeff Samardzija (2.77 ERA, 2.95 FIP; 3.15 K/BB), Jake Arrieta (2.09 ERA, 2.32 FIP; 3.14 K/BB)

Lineup (been shuffling a lot lately):

  1. Emilio Bonifacio, CF
  2. Junior Lake, LF
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Starlin Castro, SS
  5. Nate Schierholtz, RF
  6. Luis Valbuena, 2B
  7. Mike Olt, 3B
  8. John Baker, C
  9. Pitcher

Marlins

Starters: Tom Koehler (3.68 ERA, 4.55 FIP; 1.60 K/BB), Jacob Turner (6.38 ERA, 4.40 FIP; 2.14 K/BB), Nathan Eovaldi (3.71 ERA, 3.16 FIP; 4.50 K/BB)

Lineup:

  1. Christian Yelich, LF (unless he hits the DL)
  2. Ed Lucas, 2B
  3. Giancarlo Stanton, RF
  4. Casey McGehee, 3B
  5. Garrett Jones, 1B
  6. Marcell Ozuna, CF
  7. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
  8. Jeff Mathis, C
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

The Cubs put the same three starters out in this one that they put out the last time these teams squared off – just a few series ago. As we’ve seen before, that can be difficult for the pitchers involved, being that their approach/stuff/angle/etc. are still fresh in the batters’ minds.

Speaking of which, every Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel start from here on out is going to take on an extra layer of importance (real or imagined).

Starlin Castro is riding a nice little hot streak, going .382/.432/.706 over his last 9 games.

Not that you root for an injury, but young Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich is dealing with a lower back issue, and could go on the DL today before this series starts. He killed the Cubs last time out, and is hitting a nice .259/.342/.418 on the year.

The Cubs may have set Giancarlo Stanton into a mini-slump – since starting the series against the Cubs eight games ago, Stanton has hit just .212/.333/.394.

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