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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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Last Injuries

Miami Marlins

  • Garrett Cooper

    Calf
    Early May | 10-day IL

    Cooper has been designated for the 10-day injured list with a left calf strain and is likely to remain on the shelf until at least the start of May.

  • Austin Brice

    Illness
    Early May | 10-day IL

    Brice is on the 10-day injured list due to a bout of gastroenteritis but is likely to return by the beginning of May.

  • Jorge Alfaro

    Chest
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Alfaro missed the previous game after tweaking a chest muscle and it is uncertain if he will play Tuesday against the Cubs.

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Chicago Cubs

  • Tony Barnette

    Shoulder
    Early May | 10-day IL

    Barnette is on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder soreness and is expected to be sidelined until at least the beginning of May.

  • Brandon Morrow

    Elbow
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Morrow is on the 10-day injured list while recuperating from arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow during the offseason. A timetable for return has yet to be established.

  • Jon Lester

    Hamstring
    Ques Thurs | 10-day IL

    Lester is on the 10-day injured list with left hamstring tightness, and it is unknown if he will be activated prior to Thursday's contest with the Dodgers.

  • Xavier Cedeno

    Wrist
    Early May | 10-day IL

    Cedeno has landed on the 10-day injured list with left wrist inflammation and will likely be out of action until at least the early part of May.

  • Mike Montgomery

    Back
    Early May | 10-day IL

    Montgomery has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a left lat strain but is expected to return to the bullpen before the start of May.

  • Victor Caratini

    Hand
    Late May | 10-day IL

    Caratini is on the 10-day injured list with a fractured hamate bone in his left hand. He is expected to miss at least four to six weeks of action.

  • Kyle Schwarber

    Rest
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Schwarber is not expected to suit up against the Marlins on Tuesday due to a day of rest.

  • Kendall Graveman

    Elbow
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Graveman is on the 60-day injured list while recuperating from Tommy John surgery and is expected to miss the entire 2019 season.

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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
Martin Prado 16 10 43 4 14 3 0 0 3 17 0 5 0 .326 .395 .370
Miguel Rojas 20 15 60 7 18 6 0 0 6 24 0 4 1 .300 .400 .358
Chad Wallach 9 7 24 4 7 1 0 1 1 11 0 6 0 .292 .458 .414
Jorge Alfaro 16 15 53 5 15 0 0 3 6 24 0 23 2 .283 .453 .333
Isaac Galloway 4 4 16 2 4 1 0 0 1 5 1 2 0 .250 .313 .250
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
Adam Conley 11 0 24 7 1 13 1 1 6 0 0 0 3 153
Tyler Kinley 11 0 38 15 1 9 2 0 3 0 0 1 7 209
Nick Anderson 10 0 29 20 1 9 2 2 3 0 0 1 2 162
Tayron Guerrero 10 0 29 12 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 168
Drew Steckenrider 9 0 26 8 1 6 4 0 7 0 0 0 2 142
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Chad Wallach 9 7 1 3 2 1 0 1
Jorge Alfaro 16 15 0 3 0 1 0 2
Austin Dean 6 6 0 0 0 1 1 0
Brian Anderson 21 21 0 0 0 0 1 0
Caleb Smith 5 4 0 0 0 1 0 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
Jon Lester 3 2 3 1 2 1 0 0 2 3 0 1 0 .667 1.000 .800
Victor Caratini 6 3 14 4 8 3 0 1 5 14 0 4 0 .571 1.000 .647
Jason Heyward 18 17 57 14 20 1 0 4 11 33 3 8 0 .351 .579 .458
Willson Contreras 19 17 56 13 18 4 0 6 13 40 0 17 1 .321 .714 .465
Daniel Descalso 17 13 52 9 16 4 0 1 9 23 1 12 1 .308 .442 .379
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
Brandon Kintzler 9 0 28 9 1 5 1 0 3 0 0 0 1 126
Steve Cishek 9 0 25 9 0 5 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 140
Brad Brach 8 0 24 8 0 7 0 0 4 0 0 0 10 174
Pedro Strop 8 0 20 6 0 4 1 0 3 0 0 0 1 93
Randy Rosario 7 0 21 9 0 8 1 0 5 0 0 0 4 123
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Willson Contreras 19 17 3 5 4 4 0 1
Victor Caratini 6 3 1 2 1 1 0 2
Albert Almora Jr. 19 11 0 0 0 0 1 0
Anthony Rizzo 20 20 0 0 0 2 0 0
Ben Zobrist 17 13 0 0 0 0 1 0