Looking for a fifth-straight win, the Chicago Cubs turn to 2015 NL Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta at home against the Miami Marlins.
The Chicago Cubs and Jake Arrieta hope to keep the streak alive as they look for their fifth consecutive win. The Miami Marlins will turn to Jeff Locke who will be making his second start for the Marlins this season.
The Cubs (29-27) got a solid start from Arrieta (5-4, 4.60) who allowed just one run over six innings while striking out seven. His numbers at home–like most of the Cubs staff–are much better. Arrieta is 2-0 with a 3.06 ERA at home this season. Compare that to a 3-4 with a 5.20 and you have to expect good things tonight against the Marlins.
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The Marlins (24-32) will turn to Locke (0-0, 1.59) who will be making just his second start of the season for the Marlins. Locke went 5 2/3 innings in his first outing, allowing just one run. Locke has missed time with bicep tendonitis earlier this year.
The Cubs hitters have had some success against Locke when he was with the Pirates. Anthony Rizzo has hit the lefty well (.385) and could use the matchup to jumpstart himself at the plate. Arrieta, on the other hand, hasn’t faced the Marlins since Jone 2014 when he did twice.
Addison Russell will return to the Cubs lineup and bat in the ninth spot, previously held by Kyle Schwarber. Russell spent much of his rookie season batting from the ninth spot, so Joe Maddon may be looking for similar results from him.
Here are the lineups for tonight’s game:
First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. CT at beautiful Wrigley Field. CSN-C will have the television coverage while 670 The Score will have the radio broadcast. Be sure to check back during and after the game for more Cubs news and coverage.