Brad Hand (0-1, 4.50 ERA) and Kyle Hendricks (1-1, 3.76 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Miami Marlins (20-32) and the Chicago Cubs (27-22) at Marlins Park. The Cubs won the last game 5-1 and Chicago leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 2 and can be seen on CSN-CHI, FSN-FL and MLB Netw.
Hand pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs and striking out two in a 5-2 defeat to the Pirates. Giancarlo Stanton (.228, 30 Rs, 15 HRs, 44 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one stolen base. Hendricks went 7.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking two in a 3-2 defeat to the Nationals in his last outing. Anthony Rizzo (.316, 27 Rs, 9 HRs, 30 RBIs, 9 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Chicago is a narrow -108 favorite over Miami. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently seven runs. The Marlins have recorded an overall money line of -1,265 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 10-15.
In games where it is the favorite, Chicago has a 17-13 record and an overall money line of +91. The Cubs are an excellent base stealing team with 43 stolen bases, ranking fourth in the MLB. Chicago's pitching staff is one of the top in the NL, with a 3.66 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Cubs are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.19 for the season. The Cubs have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 8.8 strikeouts per game.
The Cubs have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Marlins have a bad 14-28 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Hendricks takes the mound. Hand (LHP) will be on the hill against the Cubs, who have a 4-3 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC, O/U - Over
Chicago recorded at least two errors for the 15th time this season.
When the Cubs play into extra innings, they have a 6-2 record. The Marlins are 2-1 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Cubs are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Marlins have a 6-14 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Marlins are 3-20. The Cubs have a 6-18 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 26th in home runs, Miami has hit 37 this season. Chicago ranks 13th with 49 home runs.
Ranking 11th, Chicago is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.21 per game. Miami ranks in the top five at fifth with 8.86.
Ranking 24th, Miami is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.676). Chicago ranks in the bottom half at 18th with an OPS of .703.
When the Cubs allow at least one home run, they are 15-16. When the Marlins allow one or more homers, they have a 9-18 record.