Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

marlins home run sculptureIf Edwin Jackson is going to get his first win before June, this might be his best chance. He’ll be facing a lineup of youngsters, journeymen, and never-will-be’s. Plus Giancarlo Stanton, who you’d think would have 30 walks by now.

I like to think I know baseball fairly well, and I keep pretty well abreast of other teams’ rosters and minor leagues … but I’ll confess that I’d never heard of the Marlins’ cleanup hitter – first baseman Joe Mahoney – until today. He’s a 26-year-old AAA type, whose minor league OPS is .763. That’s their cleanup hitter.

Tanking with a side of tanking.

If this were a fantasy league, you’d be petitioning the commissioner on a weekly basis to have the Marlins’ owner booted from the league. Hey, what do you know? Fantasy baseball isn’t all that different from real baseball.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (6-14) at Miami Marlins (5-16), 6:10 CT on WCIU.

Game Thread and Series Preview

The Game Thread lives here. You should participate in the madness. And, of course, for those who aren’t into message board-style game threads, please feel free to use the comments on this post for your in-game commentary/outbursts.

The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Edwin Jackson (0-3, 4.84 ERA, 2.18 K/BB)


Kevin Slowey (0-2, 1.90 ERA, 2.50 K/BB)

Miami Marlins Lineup

1. Juan Pierre, LF

2. Placido Polanco, 3B

3. Giancarlo Stanton, RF

4. Joe Mahoney, 1B

5. Justin Ruggiano, CF

6. Rob Brantly, C

7. Chris Valaika, SS

8. Donovan Solano, 2B

9. Kevin Slowey, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Nate Schierholtz, RF

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Luis Valbuena, 3B

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Edwin Jackson, P

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