Welcome to Saturday’s Marlins (16-17, -55 RD) vs. Cubs (16-16, +45 RD) game thread. Bet you weren’t expecting a Matt Barnes start, were you?
Marlins Game Notes
Marlins Starting Lineup
- SS Jon Berti (97 wRC+ this season, bats right)
- RF Jorge Soler (99, R)
- DH Luis Arraez (185, L)
- 1B Yuli Gurriel (108, R)
- LF Bryan De La Cruz (79, R)
- CF Jazz Chisholm Jr. (85, L)
- 3B Jean Segura (33, R)
- C Nick Fortes (60, R)
- 2B Xavier Edwards (86, S)
RHP Matt Barnes (115 ERA+ this season)
From #Marlins manager Skip Schumaker pregame: Bryan Hoeing will pitch out of the bullpen today. Exactly when/how long will depend on the flow of the game.— Jordan McPherson (@J_McPherson1126) May 6, 2023
Why Matt Barnes as opener? "A good righty at the top makes sense, a guy that doesn't scare and has been in big moments."
Lineup Changes from Previous Game: Edwards and Fortes in, Garrett Hampson and Jacob Stallings out; Soler switches from DH to RF, Arraez switches from 2B to DH
Additional Marlins Notes: Barnes just pitched on Friday and hasn’t gone past 34 pitches in any appearance this season, so this an opener situation. The originally scheduled starter, Bryan Hoeing, is available to pitch in relief...The Marlins have homered only twice over their last eight games, unsurprisingly the lowest total in the majors during that period...Even though Smyly has been around a long time, no available Marlins hitter has had more than nine career plate appearances against the journeyman.
Cubs Starting Lineup
- 2B Nico Hoerner (111 wRC+ this season, bats right)
- SS Dansby Swanson (118, R)
- LF Ian Happ (151, S)
- RF Seiya Suzuki (100, R)
- CF Cody Bellinger (149, L)
- DH Trey Mancini (91, R)
- 1B Matt Mervis (35, L)
- 3B Nick Madrigal (77, R)
- C Tucker Barnhart (26, L)
LHP Drew Smyly (156 ERA+ this season)
Cubs Notes: Mervis made his MLB debut on Friday and contributed an RBI single...Smyly’s curveball usage is at a career-high 48.1% and it’s been responsible for recording the vast majority of his strikeouts this season.
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.
I will handle the game recap article.