July 17 – 19, 2012; vs. Marlins – Series Preview

Florida Marlins Logo - Marlin leaping over black F with silver & black outlines

The hottest team in the majors since June 25th?  That’s right, the Cubs.  The record says so, the Cubs are 12-4 since June 25th and are clicking on all cylinders as they welcome the Miami Marlins to town.  Or should I say they welcome the circus to town as Tuesday will mark the return of Ozzie Guillen, Mark Buehrle, and Carlos Zambrano to Chicago.  Guillen had an opportunity to set his rotation for this series and he chose to have Zambrano watch all three games from the bench.  Of course I guess that could be good for all parties involved.  The Cubs only care about one thing, and that’s winning, which is what they have been doing as they come into this series on the heels of a three game sweep over the Diamondbacks.  A big reason for the success has been the Cubs starters who have had an ERA under two over the last five games and have the opportunity to continue that dominance as they face a scuffling Marlins offense (14th in runs scored in the NL).  The improved lineup has been another big reason for the Cubs turnaround, and there’s no reason to expect them to slow down against a Marlins staff that is ranked 11th in the NL in team ERA.  Full preview/breakdown after the jump.

July 16, 2012 – July 18, 2012

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Game One – Tuesday July 17, 2012 – 7:05 PM CST

Game Two – Wednesday July 18, 2012 – 7:05 PM CST

Game Three – Thursday July 19, 2012 – 1:20 PM CST

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Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
– George

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