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Cubs vs. Marlins Series Preview

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A 3-game series against the Cubs begins Friday night at LoanDepot Park.

Miami Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas (19) turns a double play in the sixth inning against Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez (9) at Wrigley Field.  Photo by Quinn Harris/USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins return to LoanDepot Park and host the Chicago Cubs for a weekend series. Since trade deadline day, the Fish have won just four of 13 games. The team will get manager Don Mattingly back on Friday night, who has been away from the team after testing positive for COVID-19.

This series preview will give you all the details:

  • Schedule, Watch, Listen
  • Probable Pitchers
  • Recent Lineups
  • What To Watch For

Update: Zach Thompson has been moved up to start on Saturday. Elieser Hernández will be reinstated from the injured list and will start on Sunday.


Schedule, Watch, Listen

Friday, August 13 at 7:10 pm

Saturday, August 14 at 6:10 pm

Sunday, August 15 at 1:10 pm

  • TV broadcast for all 3 games: Bally Sports Florida
  • Radio broadcast for all 3 games: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710

Probable Pitchers

Friday: RHP Adbert Alzolay vs. LHP Jesús Luzardo

  • Alzolay: 4.71 ERA, 1.162 WHIP, 24.4 K%, 40.4 HardHit% in 105.0 IP
  • Luzardo: 7.36 ERA, 1.678 WHIP, 21.5 K%, 35.8 HardHit% in 47.2 IP

Saturday: RHP Zach Davies vs. RHP Zach Thompson

  • Davies: 5.26 ERA, 1.570 WHIP, 16.3 K%, 44.2 HardHit% in 114.2 IP
  • Thompson: 3.09 ERA, 1.179 WHIP, 23.0 K%, 40.3 HardHit% in 46.2 IP

Sunday: RHP Alec Mills vs. RHP Elieser Hernández

  • Mills: 4.27 ERA, 1.409 WHIP, 17.0 K%, 38.7 HardHit% in 71.2 IP
  • Hernández: 3.68 ERA, 0.682 WHIP, 33.3 K%, 38.9 HardHit% in 7.1 IP

Recent Lineups

Cubs most recent lineup: Ortega (CF), Duffy (3B), Wisdom (1B), Happ (LF), Bote (2B), Romine (SS), Chirinos (C), Deichmann (RF), Pitcher’s spot.
Starting lineups used by the Cubs over the last seven games.
Baseball-Reference.com
Marlins most recent lineup: Rojas (SS), Díaz (2B), Alfaro (LF), Brinson (CF), Anderson (3B), Jackson (C), Panik (1B), De La Cruz (RF), Pitcher’s spot.
Starting lineups used by the Marlins over the last seven games.
Baseball-Reference.com

What to watch for on...

Friday: South Florida kid Jesús Luzardo makes start #2 at home.

  • Luzardo vs. Mets on Aug. 2: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K.
  • Luzardo (Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS grad) and Lewis Brinson (Coral Springs HS grad) hoisted their hometown team to a win in the pitcher’s first start at LoanDepot Park. Luzardo struggled in Colorado on Aug. 7, giving up seven earned runs in just 4.2 innings. He’ll look to bounce back on Friday and set the tone for the series against the Cubs.
Miami Marlins center fielder Lewis Brinson (25) gestures as he rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the San Diego Padres during the third inning at Petco Park. 
Lewis Brinson
Photo by Orlando Ramirez/USA TODAY Sports

Saturday: The other South Florida kid, Lewis Brinson, has been on fire.

Sunday: Mr. Consistent, Zach Thompson.

  • Outside of his last start against the Padres, Thompson hadn’t given up more than three earned runs in an outing.
  • The start against the Padres on Aug. 7 wasn’t as disastrous as other recent starts the team has been tasked with overcoming, but it was Thompson’s worst of the season. He allowed a season-high 4 earned runs and tied his season-high 4 walks. Watch for him on Sunday when he faces a weak Cubs lineup.

Poll

How will this series play out?

This poll is closed

  • 44%
    Marlins sweep, 3-0
    (4 votes)
  • 55%
    Marlins win, 2-1
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Cubs win, 2-1
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Cubs sweep, 3-0
    (0 votes)
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