Game Fifty-Eight – Cubs (23-34) vs. Marlins (32-28)
- Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Jason Hammel (6-3, 2.78/0.87/3.03) vs. Nathan Eovaldi (4-2, 3.24/1.17/3.20)
The Cubs open a three-game series this afternoon against the tied-for-first place Miami Marlins. The Fish are playing very good baseball this season and are 10-17 on the road. The Cubs will shoot for their first four-game winning streak of the season today behind Jason Hammel.
The Cubs won four of the seven games (4-3) versus Miami last season, but this is a different team than the one from a year ago. The Marlins are playing with confidence and the additions of former Cubs Reed Johnson, Jeff Baker and Casey McGehee have made a difference. The Marlins recently added former Cubs’ farmhand Justin Bour to their roster. Miami took Bour from the Cubs in the minor league phase (Triple-A) of the Rule 5 Draft in December.
After this afternoon’s matchup of Jason Hammel and Nathan Eovaldi, Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to face veteran lefty Randy Wolf on Saturday. Jake Arrieta and Henderson Alvarez will square off in the series finale on Sunday afternoon. The Cubs better get used to playing the Marlins. Seven of the Cubs next 13 games will be against the Fish. The Cubs wrap up the next road trip (11 games) with four in Miami.
Members of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League will throw out the first pitch at Wrigley this afternoon and the first 10,000 through the gates will receive an AAGPBL bobblehead. Both teams will wear throwback jerseys on Sunday from the 1940s.
John Baker is sidelined for a couple of days after being hit in the throat with a baseball on Wednesday. How will Jason Hammel pitch this afternoon without Baker behind the plate?
Today all starts with Jason Hammel …
Jason Hammel quieted the concerns about his right hand the last time out. Hammel tossed seven innings of shutout ball in Milwaukee and allowed only four hits with no walks. Hammel struck out a season-high eight batters in seven innings. Hammel put the previous three starts behind him and finished the month on a positive note.
Jason Hammel was 2-2 in six starts in May with a 3.44 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP and is 3-0 in four starts at Wrigley this season with a 2.81 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP. Hammel makes his fifth career start against the Marlins today.
Jason Hammel is 1-3 in six career games, four starts, against Miami with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP. Hammel has not faced the Fish since 2011. Hammel picked up the win in his only game against the Marlins after allowing one run on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings on April 23 in Miami.
Marlins Career Numbers against Jason Hammel
With Jose Fernandez out for the remainder of the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, Nathan Eovaldi has moved to the top of the Marlins rotation. And he’s been very, very good all season.
Eovaldi is coming off a no decision against the Braves after allowing two runs on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts in eight innings. Eovaldi has allowed more than three earned runs in a single start two times in his last 10 starts and has surrendered less than three earned runs in seven of his last 10 games. Eovaldi has struggled on the road this season and is 1-1 with five starts with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP and will face the Cubs for the first time in his career this afternoon.
Nate Schierholtz (1-for-3) is the only player on the Cubs active roster that has faced Eovaldi during a regular season big league baseball game.
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