Welcome to Monday’s Marlins (60-87, -106 RD) vs. Cubs (62-84, -98 RD) game thread.
It’s the opening game of a new series, which means we’ve got free prop bets and an hour-long livestream with the Fish Stripes staff and special guests.
Use this Fish Picks link prior to every Marlins series to submit your predictions. The ninth inning of the contest has just begun and it runs through October 3.
Cubs Starting Lineup
- 2B Zach McKinstry (74 wRC+ this season, 103 wRC+ over last 30 days)
- LF Ian Happ (123, 107)
- C Yan Gomes (78, 98)
- DH Franmil Reyes (79, 61)
- 1B P.J. Higgins (91, 15)
- 3B David Bote (94, 87)
- RF Nelson Velázquez (82, 18)
- CF Michael Hermosillo (21, 14)
- SS Christopher Morel (104, 35)
LHP Wade Miley (144 ERA+ this season, career 102 ERA+)
Notes: The Cubs have sneakily posted a .500 winning percentage since the All-Star break (27-27), but they’re currently without Nico Hoerner and Willson Contreras...Miley has been absent for most of this season with elbow and shoulder issues. He hasn’t thrown more than 83 pitches in any game as a Cub, so even if this is a typical “left-hander feasts on the Marlins” situation, he’ll need some assistance from Chicago’s bullpen.
Marlins Game Notes
Marlins Starting Lineup
- 2B Jon Berti (95 wRC+ this season, 57 wRC+ over last 30 days)
- 1B Charles Leblanc (107, 87)
- RF Brian Anderson (94, 75)
- DH Garrett Cooper (114, 98)
- C Nick Fortes (102, 63)
- CF Bryan De La Cruz (75, 175)
- SS Miguel Rojas (73, 54)
- 3B Jordan Groshans (162, 162)
- LF Jerar Encarnación (60, 46)
RHP Edward Cabrera (152 ERA+ this season, career 114 ERA+)
Additional Notes: As I guessed this morning, Trevor Rogers’ lat strain is a season-ending injury. No roster move has been made yet...Cabrera faced the Cubs last month in his return from the injured list and held them hitless through five innings...Although he’s out of the lineup against the lefty Miley, Bleday is still putting in work.
How to Watch/Listen/Follow
First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 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.
Noah Berger is at LoanDepot Park representing Fish Stripes as a credentialed reporter and Danis Sosa is there as a photographer. Follow them on Twitter (@Trainboy100 and @sosafins) for in-game updates. Noah will handle the game recap article.