Preview: Sandy Alcántara starts for Marlins against Cubs as road trip begins
TV: FOX Sports Florida
TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.
Miami Marlins (9-24, fifth in the NL East) vs. Chicago Cubs (19-12, first in the NL Central)
Marlins: Sandy Alcantara (1-3, 4.86 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 22 strikeouts)
Cubs: Cole Hamels (1-0, 3.19 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 37 strikeouts)
Chicago enters the game as winners of their last seven games.
The Cubs are 10-4 on their home turf. Chicago’s team on-base percentage of .346 is fourth in the National League. Willson Contreras leads the lineup with an OBP of .427.
The Marlins are 3-9 in road games. Miami has hit 23 home runs this season, last in the league. Jorge Alfaro leads them with five, averaging one every 17.4 at-bats.
Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 42 hits and is batting .316. Anthony Rizzo is 13-for-41 with five doubles, four home runs and 12 RBIs over the last 10 games for Chicago.
Alfaro leads the Marlins with five home runs home runs and is slugging .460. Austin Dean is 5-for-22 with a double, a triple, a home run and six RBIs over the last 10 games for Miami.
LAST 10 GAMES
Cubs: 8-2, .261 batting average, 3.32 ERA, outscored opponents by 29 runs
Marlins: 2-8, .229 batting average, 5.42 ERA, outscored by 28 runs
Cubs Injuries: Brandon Morrow: 60-day IL (elbow), Mike Montgomery: 10-day IL (shoulder), Kendall Graveman: 60-day IL (elbow), Xavier Cedeno: 10-day IL (wrist), Tony Barnette: 60-day IL (shoulder), Daniel Descalso: day-to-day (left ankle soreness), Victor Caratini: 10-day IL (hand).