Game One Hundred Fifty-Eight: Cubs (83-74) vs. Marlins (67-90)
Game Time – 6:05pm C.T. Comcast SportsNet, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 185
Location – Dolphin Stadium, Miami
Jason Marquis (12-8, 4.35/1.34) vs. Daniel Barone (1-3, 5.40/1.63)
Only 5 games left…. The Cubs find themselves in another “must win game” tonight. While the Cubs still have a 2-game lead, they must win the final two series of the year in order to secure a spot in the post season. The Cubs control their own destiny but need to put runs on the board in bunches tonight against a pitcher they have never faced before, and it all starts with Jason Marquis.
Marquis faced the Marlins in the series at Wrigley at the end of May. He allowed 5 runs, 4 earned, on 8 hits in 5 innings. Marquis is 4-4 in 16 games, 9 career starts against the Marlins with a 6.85 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP.
The Cubs will get their first look at Daniel Barone tonight. Barone was the 11th round pick of the Marlins in the 2004 draft and has made 5 starts for the Marlins this season, with 10 appearances out of the pen….his only big league victory came in relief.
Barone was a combined 8-3 with a 3.96 ERA (23 starts) in Double-A and Triple-A this past year. He was 7-0 with the Albuquerque Isotopes of the PCL with a 4.09 ERA.
Barone has made only 1 start since September 2nd, but 9 total appearances. The Cubs must be patient at the plate and make the rookie work. In his last start against the Braves in Atlanta on September 19th, Barone gave up 4 runs on 7 hits in 4 1/3 innings on 72 pitches….the most he has thrown in a big league game since August 26th.
Piniella must not fill his lineup with lefties tonight. Barone splits against right handers versus left handers are worth noting….righties hit .349 with a .407 OBP while lefties hit .238 with a .338 OBP, 8 of the 10 home runs hit off of Barone have come off of right handed bats.
Barone is 0-3 in 5 starts with a 8.31 ERA and a 2.08 WHIP….as a reliever, 1-0 with a 1.15 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.
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