Chicago Cubs vs. Miami Marlins preview, Friday 8/5, 1:20 CT

Friday notes…

  • PITCHING: Even with the 11 runs allowed in Thursday’s doubleheader, Cubs pitching has posted a 2.63 ERA over the team’s last 15 games, over which the Cubs have gone 7-8. The team has allowed 51 earned runs, but also 12 unearned runs, over that 15-game span.
  • HITTING: Herein lies the problem. Over those same 15 games, Cubs batters have hit just .229 and scored only 54 runs (just 3.6 per game).
  • HE’S HOT: Willson Contreras, three games since not being traded: .300/.462/.900 (3-for-10), a double, a triple, a home runs, two times HBP, only one strikeout.
  • HE’S NOT: Nico Hoerner, last seven games (the just completed road trip): .125/.222/.125 (3-for-24), no extra-base hits, six strikeouts. Nico is hitting .336/.377/.447 (51-for-152) in 42 games at Wrigley Field this year, but just .253/.298/.380 (42-for-166) in 47 road games.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

The Marlins lineup was not available at posting time. Please check the BCB Twitter feed for the Marlins lineup.

Justin Steele, LHP vs. Edward Cabrera, RHP


Justin Steele was originally going to throw in the Cardinals series, but had his start pushed back to today as they try to manage his innings, which currently total 91.

Over his last five starts: 2.05 ERA, 1.367 WHIP, just one home run in 26⅓ innings. That’ll play. He could have gone further into his last start July 28 against the Giants, except for…

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