Game Seventy-Eight: Cubs (42-35) vs. Marlins (34-46)
- Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet, ESPN 2 – Radio: WBBM 780, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 183, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Jason Hammel (5-3, 2.92/0.97/2.89) vs. Tom Koehler (6-4, 3.66/1.26/4.54)
The Cubs begin the holiday weekend with the first of a long, 10-game homestand leading up to the All-Star break. The Cubs host the Marlins for the next three days then welcome the Cardinals (July 6-8) to Wrigley for four games in three days. Tuesday is a day-night doubleheader to makeup the second game of the season that was postponed due to frigid temperatures. The White Sox make the trip across town for three games next weekend (July 10-12).
The Cubs ended a difficult road trip on a high note with the three-game sweep of the Mets. Joe Maddon’s magic men must keep focused and not give those three games back this weekend. The Marlins are a tough group, even without Giancarlo Stanton. Miami just swept the Giants and took two of three from the Cubs in early June.
Joe Maddon turns to the ‘Hammer’ this afternoon to keep the win streak going. Jason Hammel faces a pitcher the Cubs have been connected to as a possibility for the fifth spot, Tom Koehler. The Cubs announced Thursday that Donn Roach will start Saturday night and take on Jarred Cozart. The series wraps up Sunday with a matchup of Kyle Hendricks and Mat Latos.
The Cubs are 20-15 at Wrigley Field this season and must take care of business in their home park over the next 10 days.
Today all starts with Jason Hammel …
Jason Hammel’s last start did not go as planned. Following a three up, three down first inning in St. Louis, the game was placed in a rain delay for more than 90 minutes. Hammel stayed warm but was not nearly as sharp when the game resumed last Sunday. Hammel did not make any excuses. It was obvious the delay affected him. Two of Hammel’s last three starts have been impacted by the rain.
Jason Hammel is 2-1 in his last six starts with a 2.80 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. And this year at Wrigley, Hammel is 1-0 in six starts with a 2.20 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. Hammel has allowed 12 runs, 10 earned, on 30 hits in 41 innings with eight walks and 32 strikeouts in his home park.
Hammel was very good in Miami against the Marlins on June 1. Hammel set a career-high in strikeouts with 11 and allowed one run on five hits in 6 2/3 innings. Hammel is 2-3 in seven career starts, nine games, against the Marlins with a 4.33 ERA and 1.40 WHIP.
Marlins Career Numbers against Jason Hammel
- Ichiro Suzuki: 10-for-26 with two doubles and two walks
- Marcell Ozuna: 3-for-9 with one triple
- Jeff Baker: 2-for-6 with one double and one triple
- Dee Gordon: 0-for-6
- Adeiny Hechavarria: 1-for-5
- Jeff Mathis: 1-for-5
- Christian Yelich: 2-for-6 with one double
- Justin Bour: 0-for-4
- J.T. Realmuto: 0-for-3
- Cole Gillespie: 0-for-2
- Tom Koehler: 0-for-2
The Cubs get their first look of the season, well at least the players, at Tom Koehler. The right hander is coming off back-to-back wins against the Yankees and Dodgers. And he has thrown the ball extremely well. Koehler limited the Yankees to one run on three hits with two walks and five strikeouts in seven innings. His last time out, Koehler held the Dodgers to two runs on six hits with no walks and five strikeouts in seven innings.
Koehler is 3-1 in his last four starts with a 2.93 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. And on the road this season, Koehler is 2-3 in seven starts with a 6.21 ERA and 1.59 WHIP (27 runs, 26 earned, on 44 hits with 16 walks and 28 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings).
Koehler has two no decisions in three career games, two starts, against the Cubs with a 4.76 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. At Wrigley, Tom Koehler has made only one start and allowed two runs on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.
Cubs Career Numbers against Tom Koehler
- Dexter Fowler: 0-for-7 with one walk
- Starlin Castro: 2-for-7 with one home run
- Miguel Montero: 1-for-6 with one double and one walk
- Mike Baxter: 1-for-6 with one double
- Anthony Rizzo: 0-for-5
- Chris Denorfia: 1-for-4
- Jason Hammel: 0-for-1
- David Ross: 0-for-1
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