Heading into the Series: Miami Marlins
Record (Last 10): 7-3
ERA: 4.50 – 29th in National League
OBP: .298 – 30th in National League
Team HR: 24 – 30th in National League
Despite sitting in the cellar of the National League East, Miami is winners in four consecutive series entering Monday’s opener. This team, of course, unloaded almost every valuable piece of their roster this offseason. The main holdover is catcher J.T. Realmuto, who brings a .963 OPS to the Confines this week.
Former Cub Starlin Castro hasn’t shown much power this season, but he’s hitting .315 with a .364 on-base percentage. As always, he’s someone to keep an eye on in the series. But after Realmuto and Castro, there’s a major drop-off.
No other Marlins hitter is hitting higher than .258. First baseman Justin Bour represents the team’s main power threat, with six home runs on the season. All told, this is a Marlins team that doesn’t have a lot of impact talent. But with as poorly as Chicago is playing right now, any team that can field nine guys is a very real threat.