MLB Baseball

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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Chi Cubs3 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 781
Miami0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 262
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  W: Y. Darvish (1-2)   L: T. Richards (0-2)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, April 15, 2019
Marlins Park, Miami, Florida  Attendance: 9,888

After snow-out, Cubs head to balmy Miami

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Chicago Cubs at Miami Marlins

  1. The Cubs took five of seven games from the Marlins last season. That is the most wins by either team in a season series since Miami swept Chicago (6-0) in 2007. On March 30, 2018, the Marlins won a 17-inning game against the visiting Cubs, 2-1, the longest game in Marlins Park history.
  2. The Cubs split a weather-shortened two-game series with the Angels in Chicago. The Cubs left a season-high 11 runners on base in a failed comeback in the second game, a 6-5 loss. Chicago has just two comeback wins this season after leading MLB with 48 comeback wins in 2018.
  3. The Marlins dropped two of three against the Phillies in Miami, including a 14-inning loss on Sunday. The Marlins scored a season-high 10 runs on Saturday, which equals the number of runs they have scored in the other eight of their last nine games.
  4. Willson Contreras went 4-for-9 with two home runs against the Angels. Contreras has a 1.198 OPS so far this season. The only Cubs catcher in the live-ball era to have a higher OPS through the first 14 team games of a season was Gabby Hartnett in 1925 (1.281; minimum 40 PA; based on season position).
  5. Yu Darvish is 0-2 with a 7.50 ERA through three starts of the season. Darvish did not walk a batter in 5.1 innings in his last start after issuing 11 free passes over his first two starts. The last time he went five-plus innings and did not allow a walk was on September 25, 2017 while pitching for the Dodgers.
  6. Trevor Richards has five consecutive quality starts dating back to his last two starts of 2018. Richards has allowed four runs and has 35 strikeouts across the five outings. The last Marlins pitcher to pitch at least 30 innings and strike out 35 or more batters over a five-start span was Jose Fernandez in 2016.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/15/2019 thru 4/17/2019

After having their home game postponed on Sunday due to snow, the Chicago Cubs are surely thrilled to travel to Miami for Monday night's game at the Marlins.

The Cubs will be greeted by sunshine -- likely -- and a retractable roof in case of showers. There will also be, in all likelihood, a strong number of Cubs fans at Marlins Park, where small crowds are the norm.

Chicago should also benefit from a day of rest for its pitching arms, as the Cubs used six relievers in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

Meanwhile, Miami figures to have a tired bullpen after losing 3-1 to the Philadelphia Phillies in 14 innings on Sunday. The Marlins used seven relievers on Sunday, covering seven innings.

The only reliever Miami did not use was rookie Austin Brice.

On Monday, Miami will pitch Trevor Richards against Chicago's Yu Darvish in a battle of right-handers, after the Cubs skipped Tyler Chatwood in the rotation.

While Miami has yet to win a series this year, it's also been a struggle for the Cubs, who started the season 1-6. Through their first eight games, they were allowing 8.4 runs per game.

There has been improvement of late, however, as Chicago is allowing just 2.7 runs while splitting its past six games.

Offensively, the Cubs have some struggling hitters, including Kris Bryant, who has struck out 13 times in his past nine games, hitting just .194 during that span.

In addition, first baseman Anthony Rizzo -- who is from South Florida -- and Kyle Schwarber are each hitting just .192 this season.

Bryant, Rizzo and Schwarber combined to hit 64 homers last season but have just seven so far this year.

Those are unusual struggles for elite hitters on an elite team -- the Cubs have made the postseason four years in a row and won 387 games during that span, which is more than any other team in the majors. They also won the World Series in 2016, ending perhaps the most famous "jinx" in sports.

Chatwood was scheduled to take the mound on Monday in place of injured lefty Jon Lester, who is in the 10-day injured list with a hamstring injury sustained on the basepaths in the home opener.

With Sunday's game snowed out, Darvish will take the mound instead, giving Chicago more time to buffer before Lester's return.

"When he's ready to go, he's going to go," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Lester's status earlier this week. "That's pretty much what it's going to be."

Darvish (0-2, 7.50 ERA) has dropped consecutive decisions, most recently allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits in 5 1/2 innings on Wednesday in a loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. In his first two starts of the season, he threw 146 pitches in just 6 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and 12 walks, with just six strikeouts.

For Miami, Richards (0-1, 2.00 ERA) will make his 29th career major league start. The 25-year-old find -- he went undrafted out of Drury University and was pitching in an independent league when the Marlins signed him -- made his big-league debut last year and has quickly earned a reputation for having a killer changeup.

Hitters are batting just .089 against his change this season, and he is throwing that pitch 39 percent of the time. Richards has 18 strikeouts in 18 innings and will be looking for more run support and his first win of the season.

On Wednesday, Richards allowed just one hit and no runs in six innings, but the Marlins lost to the Cincinnati Reds 2-1.

"I want to progress with every start. I want to get better every time I go out there, but as a team we're in close games," Richards said after the loss. "We just need to get a couple hits here and there."

"This one was tough to swallow," Marlins manager Don Mattingly added ... a quote he could've repeated often so far this year.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 15, 2019

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