In the first of a three-game series between the Miami Marlins (20-31) and the Chicago Cubs (20-31) at Marlins Park, Jose Urena (0-1, 9.39 ERA) and Kyle Hendricks (1-1, 3.76 ERA) get the ball. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 1 and will air on CSN-CHI and FSN-FL.
In his last start, Urena pitched 4.2 innings, allowing five runs, striking out three and walking one in a 5-1 loss to the Pirates. Dee Gordon (.377, 29 Rs, 14 RBIs, 20 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4. The Cubs were unsuccessful the last time Hendricks pitched. He pitched well, going, going 7.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out four and walking two in a 3-2 loss to the Nationals. Anthony Rizzo (.318, 27 Rs, 9 HRs, 29 RBIs, 9 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Cubs, going 2 for 5 yesterday.
Miami, a +120 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Chicago. The matchup currently has a seven-run Over/Under (O/U). The Marlins are 10-14 as the underdog and have an overall money line of -1,165.
Across the field, the Cubs have a record of 16-13 when they are favored and are -9 overall with the money line. Chicago is a terror on the base paths, ranking third in the MLB with 43 stolen bases. Shifting to the pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.19, fifth best in the MLB. The Chicago pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging 8.8 strikeouts per game.
The Marlins will take on a right-hander (Hendricks) in this game. They have struggled against right-handed starting pitchers this season, going 14-27. The right-handed Urena will take the mound against the Cubs, who have a 21-19 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Cubs won by a margin of one run. The Marlins are 8-8 in one-run games. The Cubs have a 14-10 record in close games.
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 managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Marlins who are heading in with a 6-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Marlins are 16-10. The Cubs have a 15-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd, Miami is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 194 this season. Chicago ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 195.
Ranking 21st, Miami is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 124 this season. Chicago ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 168.
When the Marlins hit at least one home run, they are 10-17. When the Cubs hit at least one homer, they have an 18-10 record.