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The Cubs go for their third win in a row tonight, that’s called a winning streak, it has happened before, just not a lot recently. Travis Wood gets the ball for the Cubs as he will oppose Alex Sanabia of the Marlins. I feel like if the Cubs can take care of business tonight that they might be ready to go on a really nice run here. Here are the lineups for tonight, 6:10 PM CST first pitch.
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Well, based on the records, this could be an ugly series as the Cubs come in at 6-14 with the Marlins sporting a 5-16 record, that’s a lot of losses. As one could imagine, it hasn’t gone well of late for either team as the Cubs are 2-8 ion their last ten games, of course at least half of those losses could be wins, and the Marlins are 3-7 in their last ten. The Marlins struggles are similar to the that of the Cubs, they can’t score runs. The Marlins have the worst team batting average in all of baseball (.221), the Cubs aren’t much better at .229 (26th in MLB). The Marlins are also dead last in runs scored with 54, eleven fewer than the Cubs on the season. The Cubs also hold the edge in the pitching department as they sport a 3.44 team ERA which is 9th best in all of baseball, think about that for a second, the Cubs have the 9th best ERA yet sit eight games under .500 this year. The Marlins team ERA is a full run worse than that of the Cubs, they sit 26th in the Majors at 4.50. All signs point to a successful weekend in Miami for the Cubs, but they still have to go out there and perform.
The Cubs left Cincinnati wanting more, they lost two of three and could have easily won two of three.
The Marlins split a rain shortened series in Minnesota.
Game Times and Broadcast Information:
- Thursday, April 24, 2013 – 6:10 PM CST on WCIU
- Friday, April 25, 2013 – 6:10 PM CST on WGN TV
- Saturday, April 26, 2013 – 6:10 PM CST on CSN+ (Channel Finder)
- Sunday, April 27, 2013 – 12:10 PM CST on CSN Chicago
Starting Pitchers Scheduled:
Game One – Edwin Jackson (0-3, 4.84)
- Career vs. Marlins (8 appearances, 7 GS) (1-6, 6.69)
Game Two – Scott Feldman (0-3, 4.50)
- Career vs. Marlins (First appearance)
Game Three – Travis Wood (1-1, 2.08)
- Career vs. Marlins (2 GS) (0-2, 16.88)
Game Four - Carlos Villanueva (1-0, 1.53)
- Career vs. Marlins (10 appearances, 2 GS) (1-1, 5.79)
Game One – Kevin Slowey (0-2, 1.90)
- Career vs. Cubs (1 GS) (1-0, 4.50)
Game Two – Wade LeBlanc (0-3, 6.27)
- Career vs. Cubs (2 appearances, 1 GS) (1-0, 2.08)
Game Three – Alex Sanabia (2-2, 5.09)
- Career vs. Cubs (1 GS) (0-1, 3.18)
Game Three - Ricky Nolasco (1-2, 3.81)
- Career vs. Cubs (8 appearances, 7 GS) (4-2, 2.85)
Who’s Hot / Who’s Not:
The Cubs have struggled all season long with runners in scoring position, even more troubling is their inability to get runners in from third base and less than two outs. That is a situation where contact needs to be made and the run needs to score. So far this season the Cubs have had twenty-three at bats with a runner at third with less than two outs, they only have two hits, that’s a .077 average. They have only scored eleven times in those twenty-three chances, for one, they need more chances, and two they need to capitalize starting yesterday. Anthony Rizzo is having better at bats as of late unfortunately that is not yielding better results. Over his last six games Rizzo is hitting .185 (5-for-27), he does have three home runs and five RBI’s during that stretch. Darwin Barney has struggled mightily at the plate since returning from the DL, he is hitting .174 (4-for-23) in his last six games, but does have a game winning homer. David DeJesus has been lighting it up of late, he is hitting .368 (7-for-19) over the last six games with a double, a triple, two home runs, three RBI’s, and four walks. On the mound, Carlos Villanueva has been outstanding in his last two starts going 1-0 with a 2.35 ERA only giving up seven hits in 15.1 innings.
The Marlins glaring issues are scoring runs, and then preventing them once the bullpen comes into the game, sounds familiar, eh? I mentioned the Marlins offensive woes above, but their bullpen ERA is just as bad. The Marlins sit 28th in the Majors in bullpen ERA with a 4.98 ERA, which is worse than the Cubs if you can believe that. Get ready for a lot of names that you probably don’t know, starting now. Not much has gone right at the plate for the Marlins, but Rob Brantly has been a bright spot lately. Over the last five games Brantly is hitting .313 (5-for16) with three doubles, four RBI’s, and two walks. Justin Ruggiano on the other hand has been awful in the last seven games hitting .207 (6-for-29), of those six hits two have left the park. Ryan Webb has been one of the few bright spots out of the Marlins pen of late as he has tossed six innings over the last seven days giving up only one run. Jon Rauch has been stupid bad in his last two appearances, giving up five runs on four hits in 1.2 innings.
These close games are bound to start going in the favor of the Cubs, and I think that starts now. The way the Cubs staff has been throwing the ball I like their chances against a weak Marlins line up. I also think the Cubs will start getting some timely hits and take three out of four this weekend….please??
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Here is your nightly recap for the Cubs minor league system, enjoy.
Paul Hoilman extended his hitting streak to 20 games in grand fashion by launching a grand slam en route to a 3-for-4 day with five RBI’s. Patrick Francescon was once again brilliant on the mound for Peoria going six strong innings to get the victory, he improved to 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA on the season. Jeffery Lorick shut the door for the Chiefs, recording his 4th save of the year.
Eric Jokisch was nearly untouchable Monday night against Jupiter. Jokisch went seven stellar innings, only allowing four hits while striking out 11 on his way to his second win of the season. Matt Szczur continued his torrid pace going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Nelson Perez also had a solid night at the plate going 2-for-2 with a triple and an RBI.
Nicholas Struck was solid on the mound for the Smokies as they took care of Brimingham Monday night 4-2. Struck improved to 4-2 on the season by going six strong innings, while only giving up two runs. The Smokies made the most of their hits as they only had six on the night to go with their four runs scored. Junior Lake was 1-for-4 in his second game with the Smokies. Rebel Ridling was 1-for-4 on the evening with a solo home run, his first of the season.
Another barn burner in Iowa last night as the I-Cubs squeaked out another 1-0 victory over New Orleans. Casey Coleman was outstanding going seven innings and only allowing two hits while striking out nine on his way to a no decision. Iowa didn’t fare too much better at the plate as they were only able to manage two hits on the day. Brett Jackson drew a lead-off walk in bottom of the 8th and would eventually come around and score the game winning run in a 1-0 I-Cubs victory.
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