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 and Marlins are set up for a rubber match this evening, after the Marlins “increased” their lead in the reverse standings with a loss last night. If the Cubs win again tonight, they will likely be headed towards an 8th-to-last place (or higher) finish no matter what.

Marcus Stroman is on the mound for the Cubs tonight following a great performance against the Rockies at Wrigley Field: 7.0 IP, 3H, 1ER, 2BB, 5Ks. In fact, his numbers since returning from the IL on July 9 are pretty solid across the board: 2.74 ERA (3.65 FIP) with a 57.1% groundball rate(!), and a 5.5% barrel rate. Really solid stuff.

The left-hander, Jesús Luzardo, stands opposite Stroman tonight, coming off a quality start against the Nationals: 6.0 IP, 5H, 2ER, 1BB, 6Ks. He was blown up by the Mets just before that (5 earned runs in 3.1 IP), but had four straight really excellent starts prior to:

@LAD: 6.1 IP, 4H, 1ER, 2BB, 7Ks
@OAK: 7.0 IP, 2H, 2ER, 2BB, 4Ks
vsTBR: 6.0 IP, 6H, 3ER, 2BB, 4Ks
@PHI: 7.0 IP, 4H, 2ER, 2BB, 9Ks

He’ll be a tough matchup for the Cubs, who are continuing on undermanned on offense.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (63-85) at Miami Marlins (61-88) – Wednesday, September 21 at 5:40 CT on Marquee, 670 The Score

Starting Pitchers

Marlins: Jesús Luzardo, LHP

Cubs: Marcus Stroman, RHP

Chicago Cubs (Lineup Discussion):

  1. TBA

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. Nick Fortes, 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