Welcome to Wednesday’s Marlins (61-88, -100 RD) vs. Cubs (63-85, -104 RD) game thread. It’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Day at LoanDepot Park.
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Cubs Starting Lineup
- 2B Esteban Quiroz (130 wRC+ this season, 130 wRC+ over last 30 days)
- 3B David Bote (97, 111)
- LF Ian Happ (123, 107)
- DH Franmil Reyes (79, 69)
- C Yan Gomes (75, 94)
- RF Patrick Wisdom (104, -29)
- 1B P.J. Higgins (93, 38)
- SS Zach McKinstry (77, 106)
- CF Christopher Morel (106, 57)
RHP Marcus Stroman (110 ERA+ this season, career 115 ERA+)
Notes: Tonight’s Cubs starter was originally scheduled to be Drew Smyly, but he’s been pushed back due to shoulder fatigue...Since returning from a midseason case of shoulder inflammation, Stroman has asserted himself as Chicago’s unquestioned ace (2.74 ERA in 72.1 IP), thanks in part to a high groundball rate that matches his career norms.
Marlins Game Notes
Marlins Starting Lineup
- LF Jon Berti (100 wRC+ this season, 70 wRC+ over last 30 days)
- SS Miguel Rojas (75, 54)
- 2B Charles Leblanc (120, 113)
- DH Garrett Cooper (114, 95)
- RF JJ Bleday (80, 65)
- CF Bryan De La Cruz (79, 192)
- C Nick Fortes (102, 76)
- 3B Jordan Groshans (152, 152)
- 1B Lewin Díaz (39, 55)
LHP Jesús Luzardo (110 ERA+ this season, career 87 ERA+)
Lineup Changes from Previous Game: Fortes in, Jacob Stallings out; Berti switches from 2B to LF, Leblanc switches from 1B to 2B
Additional Notes: Luzardo is making his fourth straight start on regular rest, something he hasn’t attempted since 2020 due to injuries and scheduling...Leblanc leads all Marlins players with 37 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. Jazz Chisholm Jr. is scheduled to make in-game appearances on both broadcasts.
Noah Berger and Daniel Rodriguez are at LoanDepot Park representing Fish Stripes as credentialed reporters. Follow them on Twitter (@Trainboy100 and @Drodyyy) for in-game updates. Louis Addeo-Weiss will handle the game recap article.