After a rough road-trip, the Miami Marlins return home to loanDepot Park for an arguably much-needed six-game homestand with the first series against the Chicago Cubs. A rematch of the 2020 NL Wild Card Series, Miami and Chicago have already met once this season back in mid-June at Wrigley Field where the Marlins took two-of-three outscoring the Cubs 21-5 in the process.
Series Preview: Miami Marlins vs Chicago Cubs
As mentioned previously, the Marlins return home after a rough six-game road-trip dropping five-of-six in Colorado and San Diego. Overall, the Marlins were outscored 48-29 across those six games combined, but saw some special performances from one player in particular (more on that later).
Entering this series with a 48-67 record on the season, the Marlins are currently fifth in the NL East, 12 games behind the first place Phillies. Miami sports a 4-6 record across their last 10 games, and have played exactly .500 baseball at loanDepot Park this season with a 27-27 record at home during the 2021 campaign.
Chicago on the other hand comes to Miami struggling mightily with a 1-9 record in their last 10 games. Having lost eight in a row, the Cubs are coming off a four-game series sweep at home to the Brewers where they were outscored a combined 37-9.
This is a very different Cubs team compared to the last time these two teams met as Chicago was a massive seller at the July 30th MLB Trade Deadline. Posting a 2-10 record since the deadline, the Cubs enter this series at 52-65 overall, sitting in fourth in the NL Central 18.5 games behind the first place Brewers.