Game Fifty-One: Cubs (27-23) vs. Marlins (21-32)
- Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WPWR Ch. 50 – Radio: WBBM 780, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 187, 844
- Location – Marlins Park, Miami
Jon Lester (4-3, 3.30/1.31/3.47) vs. Dan Haren (5-2, 3.03/1.04/4.43)
The Cubs wrap up the series in Miami tonight with a chance to take two of three games from the Marlins. Joe Maddon gives the ball to Jon Lester and will look for him to keep the Marlins in check while his offense attempts to put runs on the board against Dan Haren.
Dan Haren almost walked away from the game after he was traded from Los Angeles to South Florida in the off-season. For a player that was contemplating retirement he certainly has had a good first two months of the season.
It will be interesting to see how Maddon structures his lineup. Left handers (.274/.305/.492) have hit a lot better against Haren this season than right handers (.190/.240/.266) but the Cubs’ skipper has few options from the left side on the roster especially with David Ross in the lineup with Lester on the hill.
With a very difficult four days ahead of them against the Nationals, it is imperative the Cubs take care of business in Miami and enjoy a happy flight to D.C.
Jon Lester has completed at least seven innings in five of his last six starts and has recorded a quality start in each of his last eight outings. Lester will try to put his team back in the win column tonight.
Lester made one mistake in his last start and Bryce Harper deposited it in the left field bleachers. Lester was outpitched by Max Scherzer and will look to end a little two-game losing skid that the Cubs are in on the days he starts.
After a rather rough beginning to the season, Lester rebounded nicely in May and, well, looked like Jon Lester. Lester was 4-1 in six starts with a 1.76 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. Lester allowed 36 hits in 41 innings with 12 walks and 37 strikeouts. Not exactly where the strikeout to walk ratio should be, but it is getting there. In 10 starts, Lester has 61 strikeouts and 17 walks on the season.
Outside of Wrigley, Lester is 1-0 in three games with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. And Lester makes his third career start versus the Marlins tonight.
Jon Lester is 0-1 in two starts with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP. Lester last faced the Marlins on June 18, 2009. Lester took the loss after lasting only five innings. Lester makes his first start at Marlins Park tonight.
Marlins Career Numbers against Jon Lester
- Ichiro Suzuki: 18-for-53 with two home runs and two walks
- Jeff Baker: 7-for-11 with one double, one home run and two walks
- Martin Prado: 5-for-7 with three doubles
- Adeiny Hechavarria: 1-for-3 with one home run
For a pitcher that threatened to retire after being traded to the Marlins, Dan Haren has been very good for Miami this season. Haren beat the Mets his last time out. Haren gave up two runs on four hits with a walks and four strikeouts in seven innings. Haren has really had only one bad outing this year and has been extremely good at Marlins Park.
Haren was 3-1 in six May starts with a 2.82 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. Haren gave up his fair share of hits (39) but limited his walks (4). Haren is 2-0 in five home starts with a 1.45 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.
Dan Haren is 2-3 in seven career starts against the Cubs with a 5.71 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. Last season with the Dodgers, Haren faced the Cubs once and was hung with the loss after allowing seven runs, six earned, on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.
Cubs Career Numbers against Dan Haren
- Chris Coghlan: 5-for-19 with one double
- Miguel Montero: 3-for-17 with one double and one walk
- Dexter Fowler: 1-for-10 with one double and one walk
- David Ross: 2-for-6 with one double and one walk
- Anthony Rizzo: 1-for-5 with one double
- Starlin Castro: 2-for-5
- Junior Lake: 1-for-3 with one double
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