Preview: Lefties Caleb Smith, Jon Lester take center stage as Marlins look for another win over Cubs
TV: FOX Sports Florida
TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 7:30 p.m.
Miami Marlins (10-24, fifth in the NL East) vs. Chicago Cubs (19-13, second in the NL Central)
Marlins: Caleb Smith (3-0, 2.00 ERA, .83 WHIP, 45 strikeouts)
Cubs: Jon Lester (3-1, 1.73 ERA, .96 WHIP, 27 strikeouts)
Jorge Alfaro and the Marlins will take on Chicago at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs are 10-5 in home games. The Chicago offense has compiled a .259 batting average as a team this season, good for fifth in the National League. Javier Baez leads the team with a mark of .314.
The Marlins are 4-9 in road games. Miami has slugged .319, last in the league. Alfaro leads the team with a .444 slugging percentage, including five extra-base hits and five home runs. The Marlins won the last meeting 6-5. Adam Conley recorded his first victory and Jon Berti went 1-for-2 with a home run and an RBI for Miami. Pedro Strop took his second loss for Chicago.
Baez leads the Cubs with 11 home runs and has 26 RBIs. Anthony Rizzo is 14-for-42 with four doubles, five home runs and 13 RBIs over the last 10 games for Chicago.
LAST 10 GAMES
Cubs: 7-3, .263 batting average, 3.32 ERA, outscored opponents by 27 runs
Marlins: 3-7, .233 batting average, 5.36 ERA, outscored by 23 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).