Cubs aim to stop 5-game skid, take on the Marlins
Miami Marlins (48-57, fourth in the NL East) vs. Chicago Cubs (41-63, fifth in the NL Central)
Chicago; Friday, 2:20 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Marlins: TBD; Cubs: Justin Steele (4-7, 3.86 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 87 strikeouts)
BOTTOM LINE: The Chicago Cubs head into a matchup with the Miami Marlins as losers of five in a row.
Chicago has a 41-63 record overall and a 20-32 record in home games. The Cubs have a 15-9 record in games when they hit two or more home runs.
Miami has gone 25-29 on the road and 48-57 overall. The Marlins have a 26-16 record in games when they did not allow a home run.
Friday’s game is the first time these teams square off this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Nico Hoerner has a .292 batting average to rank seventh on the Cubs, and has 14 doubles, three triples and six home runs. Ian Happ is 8-for-37 with two RBI over the last 10 games.
Garrett Cooper has 22 doubles, a triple and seven home runs for the Marlins. Jesus Aguilar is 5-for-31 with two doubles and two home runs over the past 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Cubs: 4-6, .209 batting average, 3.43 ERA, outscored by 13 runs
Marlins: 3-7, .226 batting average, 4.81 ERA, outscored by 21 runs
INJURIES: Cubs: Steven Brault: 10-Day IL (covid), Andrelton Simmons: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Kyle Hendricks: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Alec Mills: 15-Day IL (back), Jason Heyward: 10-Day IL (knee), Michael Hermosillo: 60-Day IL (quadricep), Wade Miley: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Manuel Rodriguez: 60-Day IL (elbow), Ethan Roberts: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Adbert Alzolay: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Codi Heuer: 60-Day IL (elbow), Brad Wieck: 60-Day IL (elbow)
Marlins: Avisail Garcia: 10-Day IL (hamstring), Jordan Holloway: 60-Day IL (elbow), Daniel Castano: 7-Day IL (concussion), Trevor Rogers: 15-Day IL (back), Max Meyer: 60-Day IL (elbow), Jazz Chisholm: 60-Day IL (back), Cody Poteet: 60-Day IL (elbow), Elieser Hernandez: 15-Day IL (covid-19), Brian Anderson: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Tommy Nance: 15-Day IL (groin), Jorge Soler: 10-Day IL (back), Jon Berti: 10-Day IL (groin), Cole Sulser: 15-Day IL (lat), Paul Campbell: 60-Day IL (elbow), Sean Guenther: 60-Day IL (arm)