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Marlins vs. Cubs: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—May 8, 2019

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Game preview, lineups, news and props for Marlins vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field.

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Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Marlins (10-25) vs. Cubs (20-13) game thread.

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Marlins Lineup

  1. LF Curtis Granderson
  2. 3B Brian Anderson
  3. 1B Neil Walker
  4. C Jorge Alfaro
  5. 2B Starlin Castro
  6. SS Miguel Rojas
  7. RF Peter O’Brien
  8. CF Rosell Herrera
  9. P José Ureña (5.45 ERA, 4.96 FIP, 16.5 K%, 38.8 Hard Hit% in 39.2 IP)

Notes: Drew Steckenrider (right elbow inflammation) to the injured list, replaced by rookie José Quijada in the latest roster move. Marlins bullpen has been arguably the worst in the majors this season (-1.2 fWAR)...Anderson returning to third base is perhaps the precursor to a Harold Ramírez call-up, reports Craig Mish of the Five Reasons Sports Network. In the meantime, the realignment gets O’Brien into the lineup against a right-handed pitcher—that generally hasn’t worked out for him (.208/.275/.400, 37.0 K% career vs. RHP)...Ureña is in the midst of a disappointing season. With both Zac Gallen and Elieser Hernandez dominating at Triple-A, the pressure is mounting on him to rediscover his late 2018 form.

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Cubs Lineup

  1. CF Jason Heyward
  2. RF Kris Bryant
  3. 1B Anthony Rizzo
  4. SS Javier Báez
  5. C Willson Contreras
  6. 3B David Bote
  7. LF Kyle Schwarber
  8. 2B Addison Russell
  9. P Kyle Hendricks (3.93 ERA, 3.40 FIP, 18.1 K%, 38.1 Hard Hit% in 34.1 IP)

Notes: Alleged domestic abuser Addison Russell is back from his suspension, while Ben Zobrist goes to the IL. Although the Marlins have plenty of incentive to lose games in 2019, pulling off an upset on Wednesday given these circumstances would be very gratifying.


How to watch/listen/follow

Due to inclement weather, the game has been moved up from its originally scheduled start time. It gets underway at 7:35 p.m. ET. Watch on FOX Sports Florida and via MLB.TV or listen on 940 WINZ.

Fish Picks

Please comment below or tweet to @fishstripes with your picks for the following props. The contest locks at first pitch.

  1. Which starting pitcher lasts longer? (Ureña/Hendricks)
  2. Over/Under 6.5 Marlins hits? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 2:56 time of game? (Over/Under)
  4. Will Wei-Yin Chen make an appearance? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Marlins/Cubs)