Pre-Gamin': Cubs at Marlins (5:40 CT) - Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Cubs at Marlins (5:40 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs now lead the Marlins by just 1.5 games in the standings with 15 games on the schedule, which I bring to your attention for purposes of the impending draft lottery.

7th overall – Marlins (5.5% lottery odds) +1.5 games
8th overall – Cubs (3.9% lottery odds)

So, yeah … all that talk of demonstrating the ability to win in the second half goes out the window these next two nights. Actually, I’ll be even more frank: losing these next two games is better than winning these next two games. I don’t think it should be that controversial.

To that end, Pablo Lopez is starting for the Marlins tonight, coming off a solid 6.2 innings of two-run ball against a potent Phillies lineup. He was absolutely torched the start before that (8 earned runs in 3.2 IP against the Mets, but has generally been pretty good all season: 3.99 ERA with good K/BB numbers and pretty average contact management. Lopez has been particularly tough on righties for his career, but the Cubs were able to squeeze in a few extra lefties tonight:

  • McKinstry, SS (L)
  • Quiroz, 2B (L)
  • Ian Happ, LF (S)
  • Alfonso Rivas, 1B (L)
  • Jared Young, DH (L)

This is the most lefties we’ve seen in the Cubs starting lineup all season, I think. Though, I’d prefer righties, if their names were Contreras, Hoerner, and Suzuki.

Adrian Sampson is starting opposite Lopez, coming off three straight excellent starts against the Cardinals, Reds, and Mets (combined): 17.0 IP, 11H, 3ER, 6BB, 8Ks. I will caution, however, that he’s gotten by largely on the strength of a way too low .208 BABIP (especially given the quality of contact) and a way too high 89.7% strand rate (especially given the lack of strikeouts). Regression could be coming.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (62-85) at Miami Marlins (61-87) – Tuesday, September 20 at 5:40 CT on Marquee, 670 The Score

Starting Pitchers

Marlins: Pablo Lopez, RHP

Cubs: Adrian Sampson, RHP

Chicago Cubs (Lineup Discussion):

  1. Zach McKinstry, SS
  2. Esteban Quiroz, 2B
  3. David Bote, 3B
  4. Ian Happ, LF
  5. Alfonso Rivas, 1B
  6. P.J. Higgins, C
  7. Jared Young, DH
  8. Nelson Velázquez, RF
  9. Michael Hermosillo, CF

Miami Marlins:

  1. Jon Berti, LF
  2. Miguel Rojas, SS
  3. Charles Leblanc, 2B
  4. Garrett Cooper, DH
  5. JJ Bleday, RF
  6. Bryan De La Cruz, CF
  7. Jacob Stallings, C
  8. Jordan Groshans, 3B
  9. Lewin Diaz, 1B

Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami