The Washington Nationals (51-35) and Miami Marlins (42-46) will close out a four-game National League East series on Monday night at Marlins Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 ET

Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins 

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The Miami Marlins (33-35) and Boston Red Sox (35-33) will close out a three-game interleague series on Thursday night at Fenway Park in Boston, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 ET

Miami Marlins at Boston Red Sox 

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The San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs close out a four-game set Thursday afternoon at Wrigley Field

San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs

San Francisco SP Matt Cain's .178 opposing batting average versus Chicago is his lowest versus any NL opponent

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The Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies continue a four-game weekend series Friday night at Citizens Bank Park

Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia SP Roy Halladay is 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA in three career starts versus Chicago

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The Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox are Major League Baseball’s featured attraction during its first weekend of interleague action at Fenway Park

Chicago Cubs at Boston Red Sox

Boston scored a season-high 15 runs last night against Chicago

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs play the final game of their current three-game series Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field

Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs have gone 11-1 in starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano's last 12 trips to the mound

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Both pitchers find themselves in a situation to dominate opposing hitters in the second game of this three-game series at Busch Stadium.

Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals

Chicago has lost 14 of its last 16 games including a 6-3 defeat in the first game of this three-game series against its main NL Central rival.  “We just didn’t hold the game in check,” manager Lou Piniella said.  The Cubs are now also 1-7 in their 17-game stretch in which they face teams that either rank first or second in their division.  The club is now 12-26 in series openers this season. Offensively, the team is awaiting the return of 3B Aramis Ramirez, who was withheld from Friday’s lineup with a sore left oblique muscle.  Chicago has been a road underdog of +200 to +225 just once this year (-100) and three times over the last three seasons (-300).  The team is a disappointing 26-33 in day games in 2010 (-1,550) and the total stands at 29-27 O/U in those contests.  The Cubs average 4.5 runs and hit for a combined .258 average under the sun.

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The South Siders are the hottest team in baseball and look to finish off a 15-game interleague stretch in style.

Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox

Manager Lou Piniella’s team picked up a 3-2 road victory in 13 innings over the Seattle Mariners, in one of those games that may jumpstart the season.  “I’m hoping we’re going to put together a run,” outfielder Marlon Byrd said after the game.  The Cubs are now 7-8 during interleague play this year (-110) and are set to play the 13th game of a 15-game stretch against the American League this afternoon.  The pitching staff has tallied a 3.69 ERA this month, fifth-best in the National League, but the offense has failed to deliver.  Chicago has scored three or fewer runs in 12 games and two or fewer in eight contests this month.

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The Cubs send a former ace to the mound in trying to capture Game Two of its current series, after allowing the Brewers to walk-off with the win last night.

Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers

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Something changes in baseball when the calendar turns to June. Through April and May we will often see players and pitchers post numbers that are far better than they were expected to, or teams that get off to shockingly good starts. By June, though, the season is a third over, and the weight of numbers and reality starts to weigh on players. Overachieving players start to come back to earth, and teams that are playing beyond themselves find that they just can’t do it anymore. June can be especially cruel for pitchers. By the time June dawns starting pitchers have faced many of their rivals at least once, and there is a large sample size of recent performances for opposing teams to scout before they face the pitchers. Good pitchers will still continue to be good pitchers, but those who are getting by because of unexpected or unfamiliar stuff aren’t going to get away with it anymore. Pitchers also have 10 or a dozen starts under their belts, so they are starting to feel the wear and tear of the season on their arms.

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