Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

MLB 2019 Game #4: Marlins vs. Cubs

On Monday, May 6, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo clubbed his 200th career home run against the Marlins at Wrigley Field.

At last, I am heading to Wrigley Field to see my team play in 2019. After one game in Milwaukee and two on Chicago's South Side, it's time to catch the Miami Marlins (10-24, .294) and the Chicago Cubs (19-13, .594). Last night, the Marlins snapped the Cubs' seven-game winning streak and knocked them out of first place in the National League Central.

The newly rebranded Marlins are currently in the NL East's bottom slot and trail the front-running Philadelphia Phillies (19-15, .559) by nine games. Miami will send starting pitcher, Caleb Smith (3-0, 2.00 ERA) to the mound. The 27-year-old lefty has appeared in 31 career games with 24 being starts and has logged a total of 132 innings pitched since 2017.

The resurgent Cubs sit in the NL Central's second spot and trail the St. Louis Cardinals (21-14, .600) by a mere half-game. Jon Lester (2-1, 1.73 ERA) will take the hill for the Cubs. The 35-year-old lefthander enters the game with a career record of 179-99 and lifetime earned run average of 3.48.

Fun Fact: The last time I saw the Marlins play live was on September 27, 2015 at Miami's Marlins Park. That afternoon, the Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves, 9-5.

Photo - Chicago Cubs / Nuccio DiNuzzo

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