The MLB is set up with another great day of baseball on June 20. Sixteen games will be up on the board throughout Sunday. One of these matchups will be between the Miami Marlins and the Chicago Cubs. These two teams have been solid so far this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will throw the first pitch at around 2:20 PM Eastern time.
Miami has opened up this new campaign with a record of 31-39, which has them in fifth place of the NL East. The Marlins have won back to back games, which ended a four game losing streak. Miami will look to build on this winning streak with another victory on Sunday. I expect the Marlins to come out on the attack after winning their last two.
The Cubs have put up a record of 39-32 throughout this season, which has them sitting in a tie for the top spot in the NL Central. Chicago has lost their last two games and five of their last six. The Cubs will look to bounce back with a big win in this one. If Chicago can have a much faster start in this one, they could end this short losing streak.
These two teams have been up and down throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Marlins have opened up this series with two wins and will look to pull off the road sweep with another win in this one. Chicago will look to bounce back after disappointing losses in the last two games. I expect an exciting conclusion to this three game set.
The Marlins and the Cubs have met up twice so far this season. The first game between these two teams was on June 18 in Chicago. Joc Pederson had two homers on the night, but it was not enough for the Cubs. Adam Duvall hit two home runs and six RBI’s on the night. Jon Berti added a three run homer as well as Miami pulled off the 10-2 upset.
Chicago hosted the second game of the season series on June 19. Jason Heyward hit a solo home run, but it was too little too late for the Cubs. Adam Duvall had another two home runs on the night. Jesus Sanchez and Lewin Diaz both homered as well for Miami. Pablo Lopez earned the win, giving up one hit through seven innings. The Marlins earned a 11-1 win to go up 2-0 against Chicago.
The Cubs have been the stronger team this season, but they dropped the first two games at home against Miami. The Marlins have been able to go deep on Chicago a lot in the first two games and will look to get the bats going early again in this one. The Cubs will look to put up a better pitching performance as they try to slow Miami down on Sunday.
Miami has struggled to consistently put up runs throughout this season. The Marlins have earned 266 RBI’s on the season, which is 22nd in the MLB. Miami has also earned 67 homers on the year, which is 25th in the league. The Marlins have been solid pitching and field this season. Miami has given up 261 runs, which is 5th in the MLB.
The Cubs have been solid at bat so far this season. Chicago has earned 298 RBI’s so far this season, which is 13th in the league. The Cubs have hit 97 home runs on the season, which is 5th in the MLB so far. Chicago has been solid holding their opponents off the board. The Cubs have allowed opposing teams to score 292 runs, which is 12th in the league.
Chicago has been the better hitting team throughout this season, but the Marlins have been better in the field. Miami has held the Cubs to three runs in the first two games of this series. The Marlins have also put up 21 runs in those games. Miami will look to put up another strong all-around performance in this one as they look to grab another big win.
I expect Zach Thompson to get the start on the mound for the Marlins on Sunday afternoon. Thompson has gone 1-1 through his first 2 starts of the season. He has posted an ERA of 2.25 and a 1.125 WHIP in those games played. Thompson’s last start was against the Atlanta Braves where he gave up four hits and no runs through five innings pitched.
Alex Mills will likely get the start at pitcher for Chicago in this one. Mills has earned a record of 2-1 through his 14 games played this season. He has put up a 6.11 ERA and a WHIP of 1.536 in those games played. Mills pitched four and a third innings in his last start against the New York Mets. He gave up five hits and three runs as he got the loss.
Thompson has put up the better numbers entering this game, but he has a much smaller sample size. Mils is coming off a tough outing against the Mets and will look to bounce back in this one. I expect both pitchers to go for the first few, but I would not be surprised to see the bullpens a bit earlier. Chicago’s bullpen has strong this season and will look to step up in this one.
The Cubs are coming off back to back losses against Miami, but I think that they will bounce back with a win in this one. If Mills can put up three or four good innings, I think Chicago’s bullpen can step up to earn them the win. The Cubs lead the MLB in holds this season and if they can gain an early lead, I think they can ride it to the win.
BetOnline has Chicago listed as a -130 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Cubs will win this game around 56.5 percent of the time. I agree with this line as Chicago has been the better team all season. After dropping the first two to the Marlins, I expect the Cubs to come out strong in this one to finish out this home set.