After a two-day hiatus after the regular season (and a slightly longer two-year hiatus from an NL Central title), the Chicago Cubs are back in the playoffs after their split. The Cubs will kick “October” on September 30 as the three seeds on the NL side of the 16-team bracket.
This first round will take place entirely at Wrigley Field and will be a best-of-three competition against the surprisingly competitive Miami Marlins (6th seed). And don’t worry, if you think you know nothing about the Miami Marlins of 2020, we’ve got you covered:
I did some digging for you to shape their 1) offenses, 2) starters, and 3) bullpen. @BleacherNationhttps://t.co/W0cJF9jvgF
– Michael Cerami (@Michael_Cerami) September 29, 2020
The Cubs will start Kyle Hendrix, Yu Darvish and John Lester (if necessary) in this series, which is a good variety of simplicity and velocity. Although as we discussed, the Marlins are much better against left-handed pitching, so Lester will likely be on a much shorter lease if the series comes to a Game 3. In contrast, the Marlins would use three rights: Sandis Alantara, Rocky Sixto Sánchez, and Pablo López, who work in favor of Shabs, gave their issues against the Left.
Since we have only enjoyed 60 games this season, I will never really finish things too soon, so a good, easy, two-game series win would be greatly appreciated. Go to the cub.
We are going striking
ThE Chicago Cubs (0-0) The season was strong, with two wins over the White Sox during a three-match series in which they scored 25 from three matches – the second-most in a three-game total for the Cubs this season (they scored 26) from 30 August to 2 September. ). If the offense stays hot, I believe this Cubs team can steam through the Marlins. But if they are cold…
Miami Marlins (0-0) It also strengthened the season, with a series win over the Yankees on the road. The Yankees had little to play for until the end, however, and the Marlins dropped the Braves to a score of 3 to 4 before that series.
Game times and broadcast information
• ABC on Wednesday, September 30 at 1:08 CT, 670 The Score
• TBA on ESPN on Thursday, October 1, 670 The Score
• TBA on ESPN on Friday, October 2, score 670 (if necessary)
Game 1: Kyle Hendrix (R) vs Sandy Alcantara (R)
Game 2: U Darvish (R) vs Sixto Sanchez (R)
Game 3: John Lester (L) vs Pablo Lopez (R)
• C – Wilson Contraras
• 1B – Anthony Rizzo
• 2B – Jason Kipnis
• 3B – Chris Bryant
• SS – JV Eagle
• LF – Kyle Schwarber
• CF – Ian Happ
• RF – Jason Heyward
• DH – Victor Caratini
Unavailable: Brad Wieck, James Norwood, Daniel Desklow, Tyler Chatwood, Ildemaro Vargas, Rowan Vick
• C – Jorge Alfaro
• 1B – Jesus Aguilar
• 2B – Jazz Chisholm
• 3B – Brian Anderson
• SS – Miguel Rojas
• LF – Corey Dickerson
• CF – Sterling Mart? *
• RF – Matt Joyce
• DH – Garrett Cooper
* Marte was hit in the helmet with a pitch on Sunday and left the game. It is not yet clear whether it will be available, although it is entirely possible.
Unavailable: Jose Urena, Logan Forsythe
keep an eye out for …
Cubs Pitcher: Yu Darvish Guess man to watch this series. Why? Because I have a lot of confidence in Kyle Hendrick, through the playoffs, at Wrigley Field, and against an inexperienced, weak against the Marlins-like Righties lineup. If Darvesh wins on Thursday, my bet goes to the next round of the Cubs playoffs.
Cubs Player: Chris Bryant Have been largely absent all season long, waking up in the final series of the year against the White Sox (3-8, 2 HR, BB, 6 RBI). I think it would be silly of all of us to handle her season-long struggles and injuries * just * Poof * … but that’s what I’m hoping for. Who knows? It may be that Bryant feels legitimately healthy / strong and maybe that will really make all the difference. I know if he is close to the man we know him can do (And it has happened), October is going to be a much happier month of October. However, tough match-up against right.
Marlins Pitcher: Sixto Sanchez The MLB was as hot as any pitcher to stretch and boot against really good teams. However, when two of them (National and Braves) saw him for the second time, it all flew: 7.0 IP, 12H, 9ER, 6BB, 4K combined. Hopefully, the Cubs studied them both, starting well to see how Sanchez was tagged / the hitters changed their approach. And hopefully the moment gets a little rookie. A patient Cubs offense can consistently load a lot of bases against this child. (Um, but, okay, let’s do some scoring again, Cubs.)
Marlins Player: Corey Dickerson The triple is 4-16 with a walk, and just 2 strikes against Kyle Hendrick and 5-13 against U Darwish with two doubles, a homer and two strikes. He is also hitting .297 / / .333 / .451 over his last 97 PA and is much better against the righties than the left. It’s just a gut feeling, but let’s watch out for him this week.