Well, from the get-go, we said that leaving Miami with three out of four would feel great, given how hard it is to execute a four-game sweep on the road against *any* team, so I guess the Cubs have put themselves in a position to succeed …
… Even if it took a long time to get there:
The Chicago Cubs have played a total of 36 innings through the first three games of the year. Weird.
— Michael Cerami (@Michael_Cerami) April 1, 2018
This afternoon, they’ll have a chance to shore up their first series win of the season, and they’ll do it behind Jose Quintana – a.k.a. the last of the “Maybe *he’s* actually the Cubs best starter.”
Like every other member of the Cubs rotation, Quintana had an excellent sub-3.00 ERA Spring Training, with a solid 13-4 K/BB ratio. However, let’s hope his first start of the regular season goes better (and deeper!) than some of his rotation-mates. I think it will.
Starting opposite Quintana is Marlins prospect Dillon Peters. Peters, 25, actually debuted last season (six starts, 5.17 ERA), but wasn’t a lock for the rotation this year, until some injuries opened up space.
As for the Spring … with nine walks and nine strikeouts plus a 4.70 ERA, he didn’t get off to a great start, but there’s still promise in that arm (he’s the Marlins #15 prospect according to MLB Pipeline), and you can never sleep on a guy with whom the Cubs are almost entirely unfamiliar. Ultimately, it’s hard not to give the edge to the Cubs today, but it’s baseball. So, who knows.
Chicago Cubs (2-1) at Miami Marlins (1-2) – 12:10 CT on NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score
Game Thread and Series Preview
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Cubs: Jose Quintana (L): 4.15 ERA, 3.68 FIP; 3.39 K/BB (2017 stats)
Marlins: Dillon Peters (R): 5.17 ERA, 4.69 FIP; 1.42 K/BB (2017 stats)
Miami Marlins Lineup:
- Lewis Brinson, CF
- Derek Dietrich, LF
- Starlin Castro, 2B
- Justin Bour, 1B
- Brian Anderson, 3B
- Cameron Maybin, RF
- Miguel Rojas, SS
- Bryan Holaday, C
- Odrisamer Despaigne, P
Chicago Cubs Lineup:
- Albert Almora, CF
- Kris Bryant, 3B
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Addison Russell, SS
- Kyle Schwarber, LF
- Victor Caratini, C
- Jason Heyward, RF
- Javy Baez, 2B
- Jose Quintana, P