Kyle Hendricks (3-4, 4.15 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs (43-36) go up against Mat Latos (3-5, 5.27 ERA) and the Miami Marlins (35-47) in the last of a three-game series at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won the last game 7-2 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 2:20 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jul. 5 and will air on CSN-CHI and FSN-FL.
In his last start, Hendricks pitched 6.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out six and walking one in a 1-0 victory over the Mets. Kris Bryant (.278, 44 Rs, 12 HRs, 49 RBIs, 7 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, two home runs, and six RBIs. In his pitching opportunities against the Cubs, Latos is 7-2 with a 2.90 ERA, 74 strikeouts and 17 walks. Dee Gordon (.343, 43 Rs, 1 HR, 21 RBIs, 29 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with two runs and one stolen base.
Chicago is a -140 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment. When playing as the favorite, the Cubs have a 25-20 record and overall money line at +212. Chicago has averaged 1.7 runs per game over the last 10 games, lower than its season average of 3.9. The Cubs typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an NL-high 3.4 walks per home game. Chicago's pitching staff can be considered one of the best in the NL. The Cubs have a team ERA of 3.38, one of the lowest in their league. The Cubs lead the league in WHIP at 1.18. The have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, leading the NL with 8.7 strikeouts per game.
Across the field, the Marlins have a subpar record of 18-28 when they are the underdog and are -1,006 overall with the money line. During the last 10 games, they averaged 2.7 runs per game, below their 3.7 season average.
The Marlins are 3-2 against the Cubs this season. This game will feature Latos (RHP) on the mound against the Cubs, who have a 35-32 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Marlins will be the right-hander Hendricks. They sport a 26-37 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
For the 19th time this season, the Cubs registered at least two errors in a game.
The Marlins are 3-1 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Cubs are 10-4 in such matchups.
The Marlins are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The Cubs have a record of 9-2 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Marlins are 25-13. The Cubs have a 29-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total runs this season, Chicago ranks 23rd with 312 runs and Miami is 25th with 300.
Ranking 24th, Miami is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 194 this season. Chicago ranks in the top five at fourth with 267.
When the Cubs hit at least one home run, they are 27-15. When the Marlins hit at least one homer, they have a 24-26 record.