Miami Marlins vs Chicago Cubs

Today’s matchup is between the Miami Marlins (31-29) and the Chicago Cubs (34-26). The Marlins have won 3 of their last 5 games & the Cubs have won 2 of their last 5 games.

The Marlins are starting Sandy Alcantara (RHP), on the mound who is 3-2 on the season pitching a 3.00 ERA, 3.72 FIP, .284 wOBA, K% of 22.7%, BB% of 8.7%, 88.3 MPH average exit velocity, and a 1.19 WHIP in 42.0 innings pitched.

The Cubs are starting Kyle Hendricks (RHP), who is 6-5 on the season with a 2.88 ERA, 3.55 FIP, .265 wOBA, K% of 20.3%, BB% of 2.5%, 86.2 MPH average exit velocity, and a 1.00 WHIP in 81.1 innings pitched.

The Marlins are the 29th best in the Majors in Relieving Pitching (WAR) while the Cubs are 18th.

On the hitting side, the Marlins have a .308 wOBA and a .319 OBP. The Cubs have a .309 wOBA and a .318 OBP. The Marlins have 60 HRs this season while the Cubs have 74 HRs.

The Chicago Cubs have been giving up a lot of runs lately but with Kyle Kendricks so that shouldn’t be as much an issue. The issue really lies with the ML being at -166 since after all the Cubs have been struggling and Sandy Alcantara I wouldn’t say is too much of a downgrade at +144.