It’s the opening game of a set between teams looking to climb toward the .500 mark down in South Beach. The Chicago Cubs are on the road as they open a three-game set with the Miami Marlins Monday night. Chicago was rained out Sunday afternoon, leaving them with a split of a shortened weekend set with the Angels: they fell 6-5 on Saturday afternoon. Miami played the rubber game of a three-game set with the Phillies at home Sunday, losing 3-1 in 14 innings. The Cubs took five of seven meetings last season though the teams split four meetings at Marlins Park.
Chicago Cubs Hoping to Gain Ground in NL Central
Chicago was washed out in the finale of their set Sunday by inclement weather, giving them an unexpected off day. The Cubs entered Sunday’s action four games behind the Brewers in the NL Central race. Chicago trailed 3-0 after an inning and half and couldn’t get back to even in the contest. Javier Baez (two RBI) led the Cubs with three hits while Jason Heyward (run, RBI) added a pair in the game. The Cubs had runners on second and third with one out in the ninth but Willson Contreras and Kyle Schwarber fanned to end the game: Schwarber was ejected after arguing a called third strike on a check swing to end it. Kyle Hendricks (0-3) took the loss as he allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts over five innings.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 13, 2019
Yu Darvish is in line to make his fourth start of the year for the Cubs in this contest hoping to get on track. He is 0-2 with a 7.50 ERA, a 1.917 WHIP, 11 walks and 10 strikeouts over 12 innings of work this season. Darvish took the loss in his last start, which was Wednesday at home against Pittsburgh. He threw 5.1 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits with no walks and four strikeouts in a game the Cubs dropped 5-2. Darvish makes his fourth career start against the Marlins in this contest. He is 1-1 with a 7.94 ERA, a 1.588 WHIP, seven walks and 19 strikeouts over 17 innings of work. Darvish didn’t factor in the decision in his lone career start at Marlins Park, which came with the Cubs on March 31, 2018. He threw 4.1 innings, allowing five runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in a game the Cubs won 10-6 in 10 innings.
Miami Marlins Looking to Get Untracked
Miami’s offense dried up after a 10-run outburst in Saturday’s middle game of the set against the Phillies as they mustered a single run on Sunday. The Marlins entered Sunday six games behind the Mets and Phillies in the NL East race. Miami finished with just five hits in the game with Neil Walker having two: Brian Anderson hit his second homer in the contest to account for their lone run. Jose Urena pitched well but ended up with a no-decision on the mound: he threw seven innings, allowing one run on seven hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. Wei-Yin Chen (0-1) took the loss in relief as he gave up two runs on two hits with a pair of strikeouts in one inning of relief.
Inning 12 now dawns upon us. José Ureña's strong 7 innings provide refuge.
We hope to write back soon.
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) April 14, 2019
Trevor Richards takes the mound for his fourth start of the season for the Marlins in this contest. He is 0-1 with a 2.00 ERA, a 1.111 WHIP, 10 walks and 18 strikeouts over 18 innings of work this season. Richards recorded a no-decision in his last start, which came against the Reds on the road Wednesday. He threw six scoreless innings, allowing one hit with five walks and seven strikeouts in a game the Marlins lost 2-1. Richards, in his 29th major league start, pitches against the Cubs for the first time in his career. He is 3-5 with a 3.86 ERA, a 1.192 WHIP, 27 walks and 73 strikeouts over 74.2 innings in 14 career starts at Marlins Park.
- Cubs are 11-5 in their last 16 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15
- Marlins are 0-5 in Richards’ last 5 starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance
- Marlins are 0-4 in Richards’ last 4 starts
- Marlins are 0-4 in Richards’ last 4 starts on grass