As you may or may not have heard, Cubs heartthrob and super-prospect Kris Bryant is packing his bags and moving to Iowa. In the meantime, the MLB Cubs are still in Miami but about to come home. Let's see how they did against the Fish...
Chicago Cubs vs. Miami Marlins, Marlins Park
Monday, June 16 - Cubs 5, Marlins 4 (F/13)
Jason Hammel had a bit of an off game, but it's refreshing to know that even in an off performance, he can still eat six innings, only give up four runs, and record nine strikeouts. Two of those runs came on one of the most impressive opposite field laser home runs I've ever seen, off the bat of none other than Giancarlo Stanton. Ridiculous.
Starlin Castro ultimately ensured that the Cubs would live to sniff free baseball with an impressive three-run homer, and Travis Wood provided the late-game heroics with a pinch-hit go-ahead double in the top of the 13th that proved to be the game winner as James Russell nailed down the save. The bullpen shut down the Marlins for the final seven innings of the game, a very impressive feat.
Tuesday, June 17 - Cubs 5, Marlins 6
Jeff Samardzija got the start and thanks in part to a Starlin Castro error and his own miscue, Jeff gave up three unearned runs. He was in line for the win, but then Brian Schlitter, who had been very good in the bullpen despite being what some call the "weak link," served up the go-ahead three-run shot to Garrett Jones in the bottom of the seventh inning. This set off a bunch of overreactions, but Schlitter really hasn't been bad at all; he just made one costly mistake, and in the bullpen, that's all it takes to go from a hold to a blown save. Junior Lake blasted an impressive two-run homer but didn't do much beyond that.
Wednesday, June 18 - Cubs 6, Marlins 1
Arrieta gave up a solo shot to (who else?) Giancarlo Stanton before Stanton left the game due to a left wrist contusion. Arrieta also ended up eating seven innings, giving up only that one run, while striking out 11 Marlins. Starlin Castro had two RBI doubles while Nate Schierholtz found his whuppin' stick, blasting a three-run bomb off Nathan Eovaldi to put the game out of reach.
The Cubs now wash their hands of the Marlins this year barring an improbable meeting in the playoffs, winning this series as well as the season series 4-2. Should've swept them all six games, but hey, whatcha gonna do.
Fun note: Starlin Castro raised his season line to .291/.333/.482, while Anthony Rizzo, despite a recent slump, closed the series with three hits to pull his line to .278/.401/.496. I'm happy.
Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, Wrigley Field
After a well-deserved off-day on Thursday, the Cubs, now 30-40, will open their homestand against the Pirates, who are inching back up the standings at 34--36 prior to their matchup against the Cincinnati Reds tonight. Here are the matchups and broadcast info...
Pirates-Cubs probables: Fri: Morton vs. Jackson; Sat: Worley vs. Wood; Sun: Cumpton vs. Hammel
— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) June 18, 2014
Saturday, June 21
6:15 PM Central (rare Saturday night game, hmmm)
Vance Worley vs. Travis Wood
TV = WGN, FOX
Sunday, June 22
1:20 PM Central
Brandon Cumpton vs. Jason Hammel
TV = WGN