Cubs host Marlins, look to build on Hendricks’ strong outing
Chicago; Thursday, 2 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: The Cubs are 12-5 in home games. Chicago’s team on-base percentage of .346 is fifth in the league. Willson Contreras leads the team with an OBP of .426.
The Marlins are 4-11 in road games. The Miami pitching staff has a combined team ERA of 4.69, Sandy Alcantara paces the staff with a mark of 4.93. The Cubs won the last meeting 3-2. Carl Edwards Jr. secured his first victory and Jason Heyward went 1-for-5 with a home run and an RBI for Chicago. Jose Quijada took his first loss for Miami.
LAST 10 GAMES: Cubs: 9-1, .260 batting average, 2.39 ERA, outscored opponents by 37 runs
Marlins: 2-8, .227 batting average, 5.52 ERA, outscored by 25 runs
Cubs Injuries: Pedro Strop: 10-day IL (hamstring), Brandon Morrow: 60-day IL (elbow), Kendall Graveman: 60-day IL (elbow), Xavier Cedeno: 10-day IL (wrist), Tony Barnette: 60-day IL (shoulder), Daniel Descalso: day-to-day (ankle), Victor Caratini: 10-day IL (hand).