Welcome to Friday’s Marlins (1-0) vs. Cubs (0-1) game thread for Game 2 of the 2020 Wild Card Series. The Chicago forecast calls for partly cloudy skies, but there’s seemingly no risk of another postponement. Win and the Marlins are heading to the NLDS for a matchup with the Braves.
Here’s a recap of the series opener:
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Marlins Lineup (same as posted on Thursday)
- LF Corey Dickerson
- 2B Jon Berti
- DH Jesús Aguilar
- 3B Brian Anderson
- 1B Garrett Cooper
- RF Matt Joyce
- SS Miguel Rojas
- CF Magneuris Sierra
- C Chad Wallach
P Sixto Sánchez (3.46 ERA, 3.50 FIP, 20.9 K%, 33.9 Hard Hit% in 39.0 IP)
Notes: In the aftermath of Starling Marte’s left pinkie injury, most Fish Stripes Twitter followers endorsed Lewis Brinson to take his place in center field. He could still pinch-hit for Sierra later in the game if the Cubs bring in a left-hander from the bullpen to handle a high-leverage situation...During his most recent start, Sixto allowed baserunners on each of his four main pitches (sinker, four-seamer, changeup and slider). But the characteristics of those pitches were more or less the same as what we’ve grown accustomed to, giving the Fish confidence to start him in this critical situation.
What makes Sixto Sánchez's changeup so unhittable?@markdero7 dove into the @Marlins hurler's signature pitch on #MLBCentral. #JuntosMiami pic.twitter.com/wLD8bYKcke— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) October 1, 2020
Cubs Lineup (same as posted on Thursday)
- CF Ian Happ
- 1B Anthony Rizzo
- DH Willson Contreras
- LF Kyle Schwarber
- 3B Kris Bryant
- RF Jason Heyward
- SS Javier Báez
- 2B David Bote
- C Victor Caratini
P Yu Darvish (2.01 ERA, 2.23 FIP, 31.3 K%, 34.0 Hard Hit% in 76.0 IP)
Notes: Bote is the only new name for the Cubs who didn’t start Game 1...The numbers speak for themselves—Darvish is among the best handful of starting pitchers in the majors. However, he is especially vulnerable to the running game. Opponents have a 91.9% success rate (34-for-37) attempting to steal against him since he signed with the Cubs in 2018.
How to watch/listen/follow
The first pitch is scheduled for 2:08 p.m. ET. FOX Sports Florida has pregame coverage beginning at 1:30 p.m., and you can flip back over there following the final out for the postgame show. The game itself will be televised on ABC with a crew of Jon “Boog” Sciambi, Jesse Rogers and Hall of Famer Chipper Jones, or you can listen on 940 WINZ.
Please comment below or tweet to @fishstripes with your picks for the following props (same props from Thursday). The contest locks at first pitch.
- Which team scores first? (Marlins/Cubs)
- Over/Under 4.5 times that Sixto Sánchez reaches 100 miles per hour? (Over/Under)
- Over/Under 3:01 time of game? (Over/Under)
- Will Brad Boxberger make an appearance? (Yes/No)
- Who wins? (Marlins/Cubs)