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Marlins vs. Cubs: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—Juneteenth 2021

Pablo López and Jake Arrieta will start Saturday’s Marlins vs. Cubs game at Wrigley Field. Full lineups and game notes in here.

Miami Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas (19) celebrates with second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr. (2) team’s win against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Saturday’s Marlins (30-39, +10 RD) vs. Cubs (39-31, +30 RD) game thread. It is Juneteenth, which for the first time is being recognized as an official national holiday in the U.S. The Marlins are celebrating with a week of reflection and service.

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Marlins Lineup

  1. 2B Jazz Chisholm Jr.
  2. CF Starling Marte
  3. 1B Jesús Aguilar
  4. RF Adam Duvall
  5. SS Miguel Rojas
  6. LF Jesús Sánchez
  7. C Jorge Alfaro
  8. 3B Jon Berti
  9. RHP Pablo López (2021 season stats: 3.12 ERA, 3.42 FIP, 24.5 K%, 32.9 Hard Hit% in 78.0 IP)
Pablo López - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: Friday was only the fourth time this season that the Marlins have scored double-digit runs—make sense to stick with the same lineup!...You may be surprised by how similarly Jorge Alfaro and Willson Contreras have performed this season on a per-plate-appearance basis...The well-rested pitchers available in the Marlins bullpen (haven’t pitched in at least two days) are Anthony Bass, Anthony Bender, Richard Bleier, Adam Cimber, Dylan Floro and Yimi García (Zach Thompson was just confirmed as the starter for Sunday’s game).

MLB career stats for active Marlins players vs. Jake Arrieta
MLB career stats for active Marlins players vs. Jake Arrieta

Cubs Lineup

  1. LF Joc Pederson
  2. 3B Kris Bryant
  3. 1B Anthony Rizzo
  4. SS Javier Báez
  5. 2B Eric Sogard
  6. CF Ian Happ
  7. RF Jason Heyward
  8. C Jose Lobatón
  9. RHP Jake Arrieta (2021 season stats: 5.14 ERA, 5.46 FIP, 18.3 K%, 46.0 HardHit% in 63.0 IP)
Jake Arrieta - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: The Cubs have a 24-11 overall record at Wrigley this season, including wins in 20 of their last 26 home games...Kris Bryant is the only qualified Cubs hitter with an OPS above .800...Arrieta’s earned run average has increased for the sixth straight season. He’s been doing an adequate job the first time through an opposing lineup, but gets into trouble beyond that.

How to watch/listen/follow

First pitch is scheduled for 2:20 p.m. ET. Watch on Bally Sports Florida or listen to the radio broadcast on 940 WINZ.

Brandon Liguori (@BrandonRLiguori) will provide in-game updates and handle the game recap article.

All four Marlins full-season minor league affiliates are also in action. Follow @FishProspects for notes and highlights.

Fish Picks

Please submit your picks for the following props. The contest locks at first pitch.

  1. Which team gets the first hit? (Marlins/Cubs)
  2. Over/Under 6.5 strikeouts for Pablo López? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 8.5 total runs scored? (Over/Under)
  4. Will Lewin Díaz make an appearance? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Marlins/Cubs)