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Marlins vs. Cubs: Start time, how to watch and game thread—September 20, 2022

Adrian Sampson and Pablo López will start Tuesday’s Marlins vs. Cubs game at LoanDepot Park. Full lineups and game notes in here.

Photo by Danis Sosa/Fish Stripes

Welcome to Tuesday’s Marlins (61-87, -99 RD) vs. Cubs (62-85, -105 RD) game thread.

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Cubs Starting Lineup

  1. SS Zach McKinstry (74 wRC+ this season, 114 wRC+ over last 30 days)
  2. 2B Esteban Quiroz (-100, 100)
  3. 3B David Bote (97, 96)
  4. LF Ian Happ (123, 107)
  5. 1B Alfonso Rivas (87, 115)
  6. C P.J. Higgins (91, 19)
  7. DH Jared Young (106, 106)
  8. RF Nelson Velázquez (78, 18)
  9. CF Michael Hermosillo (28, 32)

RHP Adrian Sampson (119 ERA+ this season, career 101 ERA+)

Sampson’s 2022 pitch distribution and Statcast percentile rankings
Sampson’s 2022 pitch distribution and Statcast percentile rankings
Baseball Savant

Notes: Other than Bote, Happ and Hermosillo, all of these starting position players entered 2022 with less than a full year of MLB service time...Sampson’s MLB career numbers are eerily similar to Trevor Rogers’. That’s where the similarities end, but I just found that fun.

Marlins Game Notes

Marlins Starting Lineup

  1. LF Jon Berti (100 wRC+ this season, 70 wRC+ over last 30 days)
  2. SS Miguel Rojas (75, 54)
  3. 2B Charles Leblanc (120, 113)
  4. DH Garrett Cooper (114, 95)
  5. RF JJ Bleday (80, 65)
  6. CF Bryan De La Cruz (79, 192)
  7. C Jacob Stallings (72, 95)
  8. 3B Jordan Groshans (133, 133)
  9. 1B Lewin Díaz (39, 55)

RHP Pablo López (103 ERA+ this season, career 104 ERA+)

López’s 2022 pitch distribution and Statcast percentile rankings
López’s 2022 pitch distribution and Statcast percentile rankings
Baseball Savant

Lineup Changes from Previous Game: Bleday, Díaz and Stallings in, Brian Anderson, Jerar Encarnación and Nick Fortes out; Berti switches from 2B to LF, Leblanc switches from 1B to 2B

Additional Notes: López tells Christina De Nicola of that it will be a game-time decision as to whether he goes back to his signature stirrups or keeps his pant legs all the way down like he did in his last start...Leblanc leads all Marlins players with 35 hits since July 30 (the date he made his MLB debut).

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 and Isaac Azout are at LoanDepot Park representing Fish Stripes as credentialed reporters. Follow them on Twitter (@Trainboy100 and @IsaacAzout) for in-game updates. Isaac will handle the game recap article.

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