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Probable Pitchers

Chicago Cubs @ Miami Marlins

, Marlins Park
Jason Hammel, RHP
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Hammel had trouble against the Cardinals on Tuesday, giving up a season-high four runs over 5 2/3 innings. He is 2-4 with a 4.09 ERA in 10 career games against the Marlins. Expect him to be paired with rookie catcher Willson Contreras.

Jose Fernandez, RHP
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    Jose Fernandez, last 3 starts
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    Jose Fernandez, last 5 years vs. CHC
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Career stats

After winning nine straight starts, Fernandez has encountered some tough luck. In his last two starts, he has given up four runs in 12 2/3 innings. His record at Marlins Park is 23-1 with a 1.48 ERA. He has never faced the Cubs.

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Chicago Cubs @ Cincinnati Reds

, Great American Ball Park
Jake Arrieta, RHP
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Arrieta is coming off his second loss this season, but only his second in his past 28 starts. The problem? Fastball command. Plus, Arrieta said he needs to be more aggressive. He's noticed batters waiting for him to make mistakes.

Dan Straily, RHP
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Straily had one bad inning during a loss to the Rangers Wednesday. He gave up four runs in the fourth on two hits with two walks and a hit batter. Before and after that, he faced the minimum number of batters in what was an otherwise strong start.

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Chicago Cubs @ Cincinnati Reds

, Great American Ball Park
Jon Lester, LHP
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Lester served up two home runs in his last start against the Marlins, the first time he's done that this season. He's 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA in two starts against the Reds this year, including on April 22 in which he gave up one run over 7 innings.

John Lamb, LHP
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The first batter of the inning is hitting .404 (19-for-47) vs. Lamb this season, with a .491 on-base percentage. On Thursday vs. the Padres, the leadoff batter reached five of six innings as he labored much of the night in a no-decision.

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Chicago Cubs @ Cincinnati Reds

, Great American Ball Park
Kyle Hendricks, RHP
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Hendricks is coming off a strange start. He gave up one hit over five innings against the Marlins, but it was a grand slam. He also tied a career high with four walks, and he gave the Marlins credit for not swinging at some borderline pitches.

Cody Reed, LHP
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During a no-decision on Friday vs. the Padres - his second big league start - Reed lacked the command and sharpness from his debut. He allowed five runs, throwing 104 pitches in five innings, often finding himself behind in counts.

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Chicago Cubs @ New York Mets

, Citi Field
John Lackey, RHP
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Lackey struggled in his previous outing, his shortest of the season at 4 1/3 innings, when he gave up seven runs vs. the Marlins. He's 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA in four career starts against the Mets.

Jacob deGrom, RHP
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Run support, not performance, has been deGrom’s issue. The Mets have gone 21 consecutive innings without scoring a run while deGrom has been in the game, and have plated a total of two for him over his last 35 innings. He has not won since April 30.

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