Cubs Prepare for Marlins

In 2003, the Cubs were stunned by Florida in the National League Championship Series and the Cubs haven't been back to the postseason since.

Cubs Media Relations: Gameday Notes

The Cubs are trying to make it back, and while they have a comfortable lead in the National League Central, a bad series against the Marlins starting on Tuesday could put a damper on the Cubs' plans.

The Cubs have won 10 of their last 12 games and the Marlins are in last place in the National League East with a 66-90 mark.

"They probably won't have a lot of fans and there's not much for the team to shoot for down there as far as winning anything," said outfielder Cliff Floyd, who played with the Marlins from 1997-2002. "But they have some good players who know in their minds that they would love to spoil it for us.

"We know we have to play well on the road. There is a lot at stake. And I know the teams we're playing want to beat us really bad."

The Marlins swept the Cubs May 28-30 in Wrigley Field.


--RHP Carlos Zambrano, who left Sunday's game after throwing six shutout innings because of spasms in his forearm, said he is not concerned and thinks that drinking more fluids during games will help eliminate the problem. His next scheduled start is either Friday or Saturday in Cincinnati.

--SS Ryan Theriot, who was scratched from Sunday's lineup with back spasms, is expected to be in the starting lineup on Tuesday when the Cubs open a three-game series in Florida. After two days off, the Cubs hope his back will respond.

--LF Alfonso Soriano has 12 home runs in September. The team record for homers in September is 13, set by Ernie Banks in 1957.

--RHP Steve Trachsel, who is scheduled to start on Thursday after not making an appearance since Sept. 13, threw 80 pitches in a simulated game on Saturday so he will likely just pitch five or six innings on Thursday.

--SS Ronny Cedeno, who is fighting for a roster spot if the Cubs make it to the playoffs, had three hits, including a home run and three RBI on Sunday to try and help his cause.

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