Miami Marlins Series Preview: Marlins Visit Windy City, Chicago Cubs

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Jun 25, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) hits a double against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

MM: Can you give us a quick scouting report on the pitchers the Marlins will face this series? 

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JM: Chicago hasn’t announced the starters for the final two games of the series, but in the opener, they’ll face veteran right-hander Jason Hammel.

Hammel, who was dealt to Oakland with Jeff Samardzija last summer in the Addison Russell deal, has been stellar in 2015, improving his ERA over the course of the season (3.55, 2.57, 2.80 month-by-month).

If he locates pitches well, you’ll see a lot of weak contact from Marlins hitters. If he leaves pitches up in the zone, as we’ve seen on occasion, things can get dicey fast.

MM: How do you see the series playing out? Any bold predictions?

JM: Well, if we want bold, I’ll go out on a major limb.

The Cubs sweep the series and push their winning streak to six games before it’s all said and done.

Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant break out, each homering in the series, while Miguel Montero starts to heat up again. Hammel turns in a quality start and Donn Roach (who will likely pitch either Saturday or Sunday) gets his first big league win of the season.

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That just about does it for our Cubs series primer. A big thanks to Jacob Misener for taking the time to answer our questions, and make sure to check out Cubbies Crib for all your Chicago Cubs coverage. You can follow Jacob and Cubbies Crib -on Twitter as well.

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