Game 18 of 162: Chicago Cubs vs. Miami Marlins

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Game 18 of 162: Chicago Cubs vs. Miami Marlins

This is my first game preview since the Marlins erupted for 10 runs against the Phillies. I did not get to react to it, but for the two games after this eruption, the Marlins have scored just three runs. This offense is either incredibly inconsistent, or it is unbelievably consistent. Basically, this offense is either trying to be really good and score a lot of runs and just can’t. Or they are trying to score one or two runs a game and they are really good at it. Obviously, I would hope that they are trying to score more than a couple of runs a game, but you never know with this team. Let’s take a look at game 18 of the season.

Game 18

Pitching Match-up: Jose Quintana vs. Pablo Lopez

Game Time: 7:10 PM

Location: Marlins Park

Jose Quintana has not lived up to the hype since being acquired from the White Sox. The same is true thus far into the 2019 season. In two starts this season, Quintana is 1-1 with an ERA of 5.14 with 22 strikeouts in 14 innings. Quintana, the 30-year old lefty is looking to continue from his last start. In his last start, Quintana threw seven shutout innings walking just one and striking out 11. This was most likely Quintana’s best start as a Cub. I may be wrong, and if I am please let me know.

Pablo Lopez will get his 4th start of the season in this game. Lopez is 1-2 with a 6.60 ERA. He has thrown 15 innings and he has struck out 17 batters. The best part of Lopez’s season thus far has been his walks. He has walked just two batters this season. I believe I talked about this before but Lopez has been one of the best in the Marlins’ rotation at limiting walks.

My prediction

The Cubs beat the Marlins 7-2 last night. I think it’s going to happen again. Maybe not with a score of 7-2, but I believe that the Cubs will win this game. To be completely honest with you guys, at this point I’m not even looking for the Marlins to win. I’m looking to see if the Marlins’ offense can score more than two or three runs. This has not happened consistently enough for this team to be good. That is just a fact, and although I think the Marlins are going to lose, I hope their offense shows up.

 

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