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Chicago Cubs vs. Miami Marlins Preview and Predictions 04-17-2019 in MLB

Nothing heals what ails a team quite like a matchup with the Miami Marlins these days. The Chicago Cubs look to continue their quick turnaround in South Florida when they attempt to complete a three-game sweep of the host Marlins on Wednesday.

The Cubs are within two games of .500 following a 1-6 start as they've won four of their last five contests. The Marlins haven't put up much of a fight in the first two games of the series, as Chicago's pitching staff easily has handled their overmatched lineup. Tuesday's 4-0 defeat already was the fourth time this season Miami has been shut out and marked the 13th time in its first 18 contests it scored fewer than four runs. The Cubs have won five straight meetings with the Marlins dating back to last season.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, NBCS Chicago, FS Florida (Miami)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs LH Cole Hamels (2-0, 3.79 ERA) vs. Marlins RH Sandy Alcantara (1-1, 4.24)

Hamels has been excellent in his last two starts, registering 11 strikeouts without a walk over 14 innings. The 35-year-old was dominant against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, allowing just one run and four hits with six strikeouts over eight frames. Hamels is 10-15 with a 3.45 ERA in 38 career starts against Miami, including a 2-5 record and 3.14 ERA in 10 turns at Marlins Park.



Alcantara dazzled Colorado in his season debut, striking out six batters over eight scoreless innings, but he hasn't been able to produce any magic in his last two starts. The 23-year-old Dominican was tagged for six runs and 11 hits over five frames in a loss to Philadelphia on Friday after issuing five walks without recording a strikeout over four innings in his previous turn at Atlanta. Alcantara twice faced the Cubs in relief in 2017, allowing two unearned runs over 1 2/3 frames.

WALK-OFFS

1. Miami INF-OF Martin Prado went 0-for-4 on Tuesday, ending his eight-game hitting streak.

2. The Marlins on Tuesday optioned SS JT Riddle to Triple-A New Orleans and placed RHP Austin Brice (gastroenteritis) on the injured list while recalling LHP Jarlin Garcia and purchasing the contract of OF Isaac Galloway from the Baby Cakes.

3. Chicago LHP Mike Montgomery (lat) was scheduled for a rehab outing with Single-A South Bend on Tuesday, but he instead will pitch Wednesday after his wife gave birth to the couple's son.

 

 

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Marlins Park
Miami, Florida, USA.
Capacity: 37,000

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Last Injuries

Miami Marlins

  • JT Riddle

    Forearm
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Riddle is on the 10-day injured list with a right forearm strain. There is currently no timetable for return.

  • Pablo Lopez

    Shoulder
    Early Aug | 10-day IL

    Lopez has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained right shoulder. It is uncertain if he will come off the IL during the beginning of August.

  • Chad Wallach

    Concussion
    Out indefinitely | 60-day IL

    Wallach has been placed on the 60-day injured list with a concussion. It is unknown when he will be cleared to play.

  • Miguel Rojas

    Shoulder
    day-to-day | out

    Rojas left Saturday's game with a right shoulder strain.

  • Austin Brice

    Forearm
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Brice has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a right forearm flexor strain. There is currently no timetable for recovery.

  • Martin Prado

    Hamstring
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Prado has been activated from the 10-day injured list where he was recovering from a right hamstring strain. It is expected that he will return against the Padres on Thursday.

  • Tayron Guerrero

    Finger
    Prob Tues | probable

    Guerrero has been activated from the 10-day injured list where he was recovering from a right middle finger blister. He is expected to suit up for Tuesday's clash against the Padres.

  • Drew Steckenrider

    Elbow
    Late July | 60-day IL

    Steckenrider is on the 60-day injured list with a right flexor strain and is expected to be idle until at least the end of July.

Chicago Cubs

  • Xavier Cedeno

    Wrist
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Cedeno has landed on the 10-day injured list with inflammation in his left wrist. He has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation with arm soreness and is without a definitive timetable for return.

  • Brandon Morrow

    Elbow
    Mid Aug | 60-day IL

    Morrow has been transferred to the 60-day injured list while recuperating from arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow. He is not expected to make his season debut until at least the middle of August.

  • Carl Edwards Jr.

    Shoulder
    Prob Sat | probable

    Edwards Jr. has been activated from the 10-day injured list where he was recovering from a left thoracic strain. He is likely to return for Saturday's contest against the Padres.

  • Cole Hamels

    Oblique
    Early Aug | 10-day IL

    Hamels has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain, and he is expected to be out of action until at least the beginning of August.

  • Allen Webster

    Arm
    Late July | 60-day IL

    Webster has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to radial nerve inflammation in his right arm. He is likely to be out of commission until the end of July.

  • Ben Zobrist

    Personal
    Mid Sept | out

    Zobrist is away from the team due to a personal matter and is expected to be absent from the club until sometime in September.

miami-marlins Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Bryan Holaday 18 16 51 6 16 2 0 2 7 24 0 8 1 .314 .471 .407
Garrett Cooper 58 56 212 39 66 8 1 11 37 109 0 61 0 .311 .514 .385
Harold Ramirez 55 49 206 30 59 12 0 4 24 83 2 42 0 .286 .403 .326
Miguel Rojas 93 88 333 35 94 21 0 1 29 118 6 46 4 .282 .354 .339
Jorge Alfaro 75 66 256 26 70 9 1 10 32 111 2 92 3 .273 .434 .316
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Nick Anderson 41 0 121 64 1 38 5 3 19 0 0 1 14 707
Adam Conley 38 0 112 36 2 50 8 3 33 0 0 1 13 665
Sergio Romo 36 0 107 31 0 30 4 3 18 0 0 5 13 542
Tayron Guerrero 36 0 98 35 4 25 3 0 17 0 0 2 27 605
Austin Brice 29 0 115 38 5 27 3 1 10 0 0 1 14 628
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Jorge Alfaro 75 66 0 18 10 6 0 7
Bryan Holaday 18 16 0 10 3 0 0 1
Chad Wallach 19 12 1 3 2 1 0 1
Austin Dean 32 19 0 0 0 1 2 0
Brian Anderson 94 88 0 0 0 5 4 0

chicago-cubs Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Brad Brach 33 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333
Robel Garcia 10 6 24 5 8 2 1 3 6 21 0 11 0 .333 .875 .370
Kris Bryant 92 91 341 75 101 28 1 20 47 191 1 76 0 .296 .560 .406
Anthony Rizzo 93 92 340 65 98 20 2 20 65 182 4 61 2 .288 .535 .398
Javier Baez 95 93 387 63 111 24 3 23 64 210 5 118 5 .287 .543 .319
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Steve Cishek 45 0 130 42 3 30 4 0 14 0 0 3 14 708
Kyle Ryan 42 0 101 33 1 33 3 1 13 0 0 2 11 562
Brandon Kintzler 41 0 119 33 2 28 4 2 10 0 0 0 9 560
Brad Brach 37 0 108 42 1 40 2 1 25 0 0 1 25 724
Pedro Strop 28 0 73 27 1 18 5 0 13 0 0 0 9 399
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Willson Contreras 78 71 3 25 11 10 1 5
Victor Caratini 40 24 1 12 2 2 0 2
Taylor Davis 6 4 0 11 0 0 0 1
Adbert Alzolay 3 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
Addison Russell 52 37 0 0 0 2 0 0