Apr 4, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Wade LeBlanc (23) throws during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Cubs @ Miami Marlins Game Preview: Friday, April 26th 7:10 PM EST (Game 23)

After dropping the first game of the four-game series, the Miami Marlins will try to start a new winning streak tonight against the Chicago Cubs. Kevin Slowey delivered another strong start for the Marlins, but the offense was unable to get going after they gave Slowey an early 3-0 lead.

Steve Cishek allowed the game winning home run in the ninth and the Marlins fell 4-3. For the full recap, check out Justen Rosenberg’s recap from this morning.

Wade LeBlanc will get the ball for the Marlins in this one. He is trying to correct himself after having a couple of rough outing his past few times out there. LeBlanc has pitched better than his ERA indicates this season, as his FIP sits at a comfortable 3.98. With the Marlins offense struggling, they will need Wade to pitch closer to his FIP than his ERA tonight.

Scott Feldman gets the nod for the Cubs. He has been bothered with back issues and inefficiency this season. I want to say the Marlins offense will come alive off of Feldman, but my faith in this group is wavering.

 

Pitching Matchup:

IP ERA FIP Cubs Date Marlins IP ERA FIP
14.0 4.50 6.02 Feldman April 26 LeBlanc 18.2 6.27 3.98

 

Marlins Lineup for 4/26/13

  1. Juan Pierre LF
  2. Placido Polanco 3B
  3. Giancarlo Stanton RF
  4. Joe Mahoney 1B
  5. Donovan Solano 2B
  6. Rob Brantly C
  7. Chris Coghlan CF
  8. Chris Valaika SS
  9. Kevin Slowey P

 

Bold Prediction: LeBlanc pitched six solid innings for the Marlins, but the teams offense continues to not produce. The team drops a tight ballgame 3-1.

Tags: Giancarlo Stanton Miami Marlins Wade LeBlanc

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