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Cubs knock Ureña around; Marlins fall on Opening Day

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Final score: 8-4

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José Ureña probably wants a do-over on his first Opening Day assignment, as he was manhandled by the Chicago Cubs lineup to the tune of six hits and five earned runs over four innings pitched, four walks allowed and a pair of strikeouts recorded. Ian Happ notably hit the first pitch of the season out of the ballpark.

Despite the Marlins lineup responding with four runs off of Cubs starter Jon Lester, the Marlins bullpen would cough up another three runs and put the game safely out of reach by a final score of 8-4.

Dylan Goldman’s comments:

“I’d say the park was almost 80 or 85% full, which is always a welcome sight, don’t know the exact totals. A good amount of the concession stands ran out of certain items because they weren’t used to the crowd size. Very nice flyover before. Jeter seems to be placing an emphasis on making the games more “Miami” with more Miami-type music and other stuff.”

Courtesy of Fangraphs

Swordfish: Brian Anderson (.230)

Flounder: Jon Lester (-.482)

Play of the game: Brian Anderson single to score Starlin Castro in the third (.147). For reals though, that Ian Happ first pitch home run set the tone for the game, so I’ll mention it again here in deference.

Attendance: 32,151

If you want to catch the game thread lead-up and subsequent commentary, read below.


Yes, the venerable and long-standing Fish Stripes tradition of Icthyomancy has returned! You can make your picks in the game thread comments below and in every game thread hereafter.

Here is an excerpt regarding the prediction contest, in case you have no idea what we’re talking about:

Attendance

Attendance is a big deal in Marlins baseball, like it or not. In each game, we will guess the attendance of the game, home or away, and the closest guess will be worth 2 points.

Individual Games

You can make your best prediction for game scores. A pass costs you nothing. Post your prediction of the score, and if it’s a direct hit (with the correct teams), that’s three points. If you pick the correct winner and by the actual number of runs, that’ll be two points. Predict which team wins, and that’s a single point.

Individual Predictions

These are our prop bets. You’re allowed to make up to two “outside the box” predictions for each contest. Points will be awarded based on the probability of something happening. If you’ve predicted something unfathomably rare (a no-hitter, pitcher hits two home runs, Justin Bour steals seven bases) and it comes true, that’s going to be a lot of points. Everyday things will be worth less. What the heck? The game is free - swing for the fences!

This season, community editor Michael Stephenson will be your host, and I can assure you that we will carry the contest throughout the entire season, because I’m paying Michael that sweet scrilla to make it happen. Michael will have a tallied standings post for you once a week on the weekends so you can see where you stand amongst your peers. Prize TBD.


Pitching Matchup

Name Team Proj. IP Proj. ERA Proj.FIP Proj. K/9 Proj. fWAR
Name Team Proj. IP Proj. ERA Proj.FIP Proj. K/9 Proj. fWAR
José Quintana Cubs 192 3.5 3.58 9.14 4.1
Dillon Peters Marlins 63 4.01 4.2 7.03 0.9

Today's Lineups

CHICAGO CUBS MIAMI MARLINS
Ian Happ - CF Lewis Brinson - CF
Kris Bryant - 3B Derek Dietrich - LF
Anthony Rizzo - 1B Starlin Castro - 2B
Willson Contreras - C Justin Bour - 1B
Kyle Schwarber - LF Brian Anderson - 3B
Addison Russell - SS Garrett Cooper - RF
Jason Heyward - RF Miguel Rojas - SS
Javier Baez - 2B Chad Wallach - C
Jon Lester - LHP Jose Urena - RHP

Matchup summary:

The Chicago Cubs enter the 2018 season as favorites to win the National League Central and a strong contender to represent the NL in the World Series for the second time in three years. The Miami Marlins are vying to not be the worst team in baseball.

Savvy veterans of rebuilds will be looking for great moments and individual performances more than team milestones this season. With luck, we’ll be witnessing the foundation of a championship caliber team being created, piece by piece, before our very eyes, and let me tell you, ain’t no better time to get on a bandwagon then when it’s empty.

In this game, I’m going to be watching to see how José Ureña handles the pressure of an Opening Day assignment. I’m going to watch for a Justin Bour moonshot. How Derek Dietrich runs routes. Lewis Brinson’s timing up at the plate. Mattingly’s trigger-finger. Brian Anderson’s offense. Starlin Castro’s defense. Junichi Tazawa’s stuff.

Did I say this game? Because I really meant this season.

The accumulation of these things will make or break the Marlins season, ultimately. I can’t wait to see which way the pendulum swings.

It all starts now.

Thread question:

Which Marlins rookie are you most excited about?