Welcome to Saturday’s Marlins (48-58, -35 RD) vs. Cubs (42-63, -81 RD) game thread.
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Marlins Game Notes
Marlins Starting Lineup
- SS Miguel Rojas (79 wRC+ this season, -2 wRC+ over last 30 days)
- 2B Joey Wendle (96, 61)
- DH Jesús Aguilar (94, 59)
- RF Bryan De La Cruz (69, 42)
- CF JJ Bleday (72, 72)
- C Nick Fortes (132, 94)
- 3B Charles Leblanc (206, 206)
- 1B Lewin Díaz (50, 72)
- LF Peyton Burdick (9, 9)
RHP Pablo López (119 ERA+ this season, career 108 ERA+)
Lineup Changes from Previous Game: Díaz and Fortes in, Garrett Cooper and Jacob Stallings out
Additional Notes: It’s a bounce-back opportunity for López, who was BABIP’d into oblivion by the Mets on Sunday (2.2 IP, 12 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR). This will be the first time that López pitches to Fortes in a regular season game...Every pitcher in the Marlins bullpen should be available if needed.
Cubs Starting Lineup
- CF Rafael Ortega (94 wRC+ this season, 14 wRC+ over last 30 days)
- DH Willson Contreras (136, 86)
- RF Seiya Suzuki (108, 74)
- LF Ian Happ (117, 57)
- SS Nico Hoerner (107, 102)
- 1B Frank Schwindel (78, 44)
- C P.J. Higgins (134, 89)
- 3B Zach McKinstry (7, -26)
- 2B Christopher Morel (119, 96)
LHP Drew Smyly (95 ERA+ this season, career 100 ERA+)
Notes: In five previous appearances (four starts) against the Marlins in his career, Smyly has a 3.04 ERA and 1.10 WHIP...Contreras and Patrick Wisdom are the only Cubs this season with double-digit home runs.
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 Fox Sports 940 Miami. Out-of-market fans can stream the game on MLB.TV.
I will handle the game recap article.
All Marlins minor league affiliates are also in action. Follow @FishProspects for notes and highlights.