The Chicago Cubs welcome the Miami Marlins to Wrigley Field for a four-game series that takes us all the way to Thursday. The Cubs will embark in a more important battle with the Brewers next weekend at home. They must stay focused on the Marlins before looking at Milwaukee, though.
The Cubs are fresh off a 13-5 smash job of the Cardinals on Sunday. Chicago 12 runs from the 4th to the 8th inning to put the Cardinals away. It was capped off by a 6-run 8th inning to put the Cardinals away for good. Big win for the Cubs who are up on St. Louis by a half a game in the NL Central.
It’s a tight division with five teams who are capable of winning it all. However, the Pirates and Reds are going to have to dig deep to make that happen. The Brewers, Cardinals, and Cubs are going to be a tough out for them. Cincinnati added one of the biggest free agents in the offseason, Yasiel Puig, and their investment hasn’t paid off yet.
The Reds are a 14-20 team and 6.5 games behind the Cubs in the division. That’s not to say that they should be counted out. The Reds are likely going to go on a run, though it may not be enough to surpass their competitors in the NL Central.
The Marlins are sitting out in the cold in the NL East. They struggled again over the weekend, as they were swept by the Atlanta Braves following a 3-1 loss on Sunday. It made for their seventh loss in their previous eight games. Miami enter the new week with a record of 9-24 as things continue to get uglier for the Marlins. There might be a day in the future when the Marlins are a contender again, but it’s certainly not coming within the next few years. There is no quick fix here. They will try and be the last team to get into double digits against the Cubs on Monday. Head below for our free Marlins vs. Cubs pick.
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The Cubs will be looking to add their seventh straight win to their resume against the Marlins in this contest. They’re playing terrific baseball recently, as they are on a 13-3 spurt in the previous 16 games. The Cubs went 1-6 to open the season, but that’s a distant memory at this point. Chicago has shaken off the rust and look like themselves recently.
Kris Bryant looks to be over his slump as well, connecting on a grand slam Sunday to lead the way for the Cubs. He has brought his batting average up to .243 with 4 long balls following a slow start for him.
Cole Hamels will take to the bump for the Cubs against Sandy Alcantara of the Marlins on Monday. Hamels goes into Monday with an ERA of 3.19 and 1.09 WHIP. He is coming off an impressive performance against the Mariners in Seattle, as he gave up just 2 earned runs across 5.1 innings of work. Hamels hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs since a March 31st outing in his first appearances of 2019.
His work at home has been the best, with an ERA of 2.70 and 0.98 WHIP. He’s allowed 4 runs in 13.1 innings of work at Wrigley Field. Martin Prado is the only hitter to go deep against Hamels in a total of 140 at-bats. He should excel against a Marlins team who are last in the majors with 2.81 runs scored per game.
Alcantara hopes for better success this evening in Chicago after allowing 4 earned runs and 7 hits against the Indians in 5.1 innings. He sports an ERA of 5.51 and 1.59 WHIP in his previous three outings. It’s tough to say where his season goes, as this is going to mark the most starts he’s had in his career. Alcantara made six starts a season ago and has only been a full-time of the rotation in 2019. I’d side with the red-hot Cubs to get the job done against the stumbling Marlins by more than a run.