Ozzie Guillen: Miami Marlins' Manager Returns to the Dugout Against Chicago Cubs

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IApril 17, 2012

Ozzie Guillen will return to the Marlins Park' home dugout on Tuesday night when the Miami Marlins (4-6) begin a three-game National League series against the Chicago Cubs (3-7), with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 ET.

Las Vegas oddsmakers have established the Marlins as -170 home favorites, while the total stands at seven across the board.

Guillen was suspended for five games due to remarks he made about Cuba's Fidel Castro, which he apologized for during a press conference at the team's new ball park last week.

Marlins starter Josh Johnson (0-2, 8.38 ERA) will look to turn his season around after a pair of rough starts, including a 7-1 road loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on April 11, giving up six runs and 11 hits over just 3.2 innings of work.

The right-hander will be making his fourth career appearance (third start) versus the Cubs, coming in with an 0-1 record and 6.57 ERA. His two starts in this series are his fewest against any NL club.

Sports bettors will find that the Marlins are 6-16 in Johnson's last 22 starts with five days of rest.

Chicago dropped the final two games of its series in St. Louis, getting outscored by a 16-4 combined margin in those contests. Total players will find that the "over" is 6-4 in the team's first 10 games of the 2012 campaign.

Ryan Dempster (0-1, 1.88 ERA) has been supplied with just a single run in both of his starts this season, which has led to a pair of 2-1 home losses for the team.  He has registered 15 strikeouts and issued six walks in 14.1 innings of work.

In 16 career outings (six starts) versus the Marlins, the right-hander has garnered a 4-1 record and 2.11 ERA, allowing just one home run in 47 frames.

The Cubs are 0-4 in his last four starts as an underdog of +110 to +150, while the "under" has cashed in seven out of nine in that situation.

Weather forecasts are anticipating partly cloudy skies and game-time temperatures in the mid-70s, with winds of 10-15 mph out of the southeast (out to right). 

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