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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