Game One Hundred Thirty-Nine: Cubs (58-80) vs. Marlins (52-85)
- Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184/844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.13/1.32/3.62) vs. Brian Flynn (0-0, -.–/-.–/-.–)
The Cubs will turn to Jeff Samardzija to salvage the final game of series against the Marlins. After playing good ball against the Phillies and posting their first series victory at Wrigley since early July, the Cubs have dropped two straight to the Marlins.
Marlins’ pitching has held the Cubs in check over the first two games and this afternoon figures to be another challenge for the Cubs. The Marlins are giving the ball to a very good southpaw and he will make his big league debut today.
Look for Dale Sveum to use his right-handed lineup this afternoon with Junior Lake in center and flanked by Darnell McDonald in left and Cole Gillespie in right.
The Cubs have split the first six games of the season against the Fish after taking three of four from the Marlins in Miami in April.
And this afternoon all begins with Jeff Samardzija …
Jeff Samardzija completed a roller coaster August with a poor outing against the Phillies. Samardzija was in total control for five innings and picked up where he left off from his previous two starts. But Samardzija allowed a misplayed ball by Junior Lake to change his mindset and he was not able to put behind him what he could not control. Samardzija allowed the Phillies to tie the game after being staked to a five-run lead.
Samardzija ended up 2-2 in six starts last month with a 5.54 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. Samardzija needs a strong finish to his season, and the Cubs more than need for him to pitch well over his final four starts.
Jeff Samardzija is 3-5 in 15 home games this year with a 4.70 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. Samardzija has also struggled in day games to the tune of a 2-7 mark in 13 starts with a 4.97 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. Samardzija has to work on pitching better in his home park and in day games.
Jeff Samardzija missed the Fish earlier this season and is 2-1 in 12 games, three starts, versus the Marlins in his career with a 4.62 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP.
Marlins Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija
- Logan Morrison – 2-for-7 with three walks
- Giancarlo Stanton – 0-for-7 with a walk
- Greg Dobbs – 1-for-6 with a double and a walk
- Chris Coghlan – 1-for-2
- Juan Pierre – 0-for-1
The Cubs were supposed to see Jose Fernandez this afternoon but the Marlins pushed him to Friday in their home park. The Cubs will get their first look at lefty Brian Flynn instead.
Brian Flynn is making his big league debut this afternoon. The 23-year old southpaw put together an excellent season during two stops in the Marlins’ system. Flynn posted a 7-12 record in 27 starts at the Double-A and Triple-A level with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. In 161 innings, Flynn struck out 147 batters, walked 43 and gave up 145 hits. And at Triple-A New Orleans, Flynn struck out 122 batters and walked only 40 in 138 innings.
Several of the players on the Cubs’ active roster should be familiar with Flynn from his time in the PCL this season.
The Marlins acquired Flynn in the deal that sent Anibal Sanchez to the Tigers last season. Flynn is 6-foot-8 and can run his fastball up into the mid-90s. Flynn throws two breaking balls, a curve and a slider, and misses more bats with his slider than his curveball. Flynn figures to be a big challenge for the Cubs this afternoon.
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