Chicago Cubs: Team looks to stay hot at home vs Miami Marlins

Jun 4, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs right fielder Ian Happ (8) celebrates his three run home run with Chicago Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr. (5) and Chicago Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber (12) in the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 4, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs right fielder Ian Happ (8) celebrates his three run home run with Chicago Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr. (5) and Chicago Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber (12) in the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports /
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Fresh off the weekend sweep, the Chicago Cubs, winners of 10 in previous 12 from Friendly Confines, look to keep pace against hot Miami Marlins team.

Coming into their weekend series against the Cardinals, the Chicago Cubs (28-27) desperately wanted to shake recent road woes, and enjoy some home cooking.

They were able to do just that.

As the Cubs capped the exclamation point in a big series win Sunday, Chicago’s enjoyed its first Wrigley Field sweep of the Red Birds since 2006. The Cubs have won 10 of their previous 12 home contests.

While the Miami Marlins (24-31) look to maintain any footing in the runaway NL East, they enter Monday’s game against the Cubs hot themselves, having won three straight, eight of their previous 10.

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Right-hander Eddie Butler (2-1, 4.42 ERA) gets the ball for Chicago.

Butler is coming off an inauspicious start last Tuesday, going 4.1 innings, and allowing six earned runs. He walked three and struck out five in the loss.

Comeback magic

Over the weekend the Cubs trailed all three days, culminating in exciting come-back victories.

While limiting opponent scoring early remains a struggle, particularly in the first inning, Chicago started to show some of that familiar 2016 offensive and comeback magic over the weekend.

Proving they can’t be counted out, Kyle Schwarber came through Saturday with his first career grand slam in the 7th inning.

Albert Almora hit a huge two-out, two-RBI single, during an already crucial fourth inning rally.

Opposite Butler, Miami throws right-hander Dan Straily. The 28-year-old is 4-3 on the season with a 3.56 ERA. Cubs’ fans might recall he was traded to Chicago alongside Addison Russell in 2014.

Changes to the lineup include Ben Zobrist leading off, Wilson Contreras starting behind the plate, batting fourth, Almora starting in center, and Javier Baez at second base.

What’s Next

The Cubs continue their series against Miami on Tuesday in an evening matchup at Wrigley Field. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.