As the Chicago Cubs (28-39) come into Miami to take on the Marlins (35-33), Ricky Renteria’s squad will take on a club that just received a shot in the arm – a shot, that is, of the organization’s top talent in the form of southpaw Andrew Heaney and right-hander Anthony DeSclafani – as well as outfielder Jake Marisnick and first baseman Justin Bour.
Heaney is the Marlins’ top overall prospect, and marks the second such debut the Cubs will likely pay witness to after Gregory Polanco debuted for the Pirates last week.
Chicago turns to right-hander Jason Hammel (6-4, 2.81 ERA) in Monday’s series opener, and he will be opposed by a young right-hander in the form of Tom Koehler (5-5, 3.68 ERA). Hammel has a 3.20 ERA in eight road starts, as opposed to a 2.20 ERA at Wrigley Field. All four of his losses this season have come on the road.
Koehler is coming off a rocky start in which he allowed five runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. He also struck out seven, walked three and hit a batter. He had a three-run lead heading into the sixth inning, but saw his fine effort unravel quickly against the Rangers. The righty has also been noticeably better at his home field, posting a 2.70 ERA at Marlins Park, as opposed to a 4.70 ERA in road starts.
Tonight’s game will be aired on CSN and WGN 720 AM has the call.
Here are the starting lineups:
#Cubs lineup: Valbuena 2B, Ruggiano RF, Riz 1B, Castro SS, Sweeney CF, Lake LF, Olt 3B, Baker C, Hammel P
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