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Cubs vs Marlins: Lineups, Pitching Matchup, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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The Chicago Cubs are undefeated in the Matt Mervis era. Just saying. Here’s a look at the Chicago Cubs lineup for Game 2 against the Marlins at Wrigley Field.

I’ll be taking this one in from the Wrigleyville rooftops across the street (first time in over a decade for me!). See you in a Wrigleyville bar afterwords.

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

  1. Nico Hoerner, 2B
  2. Dansby Swanson, SS
  3. Ian Happ, LF
  4. Seiya Suzuki, RF
  5. Cody Bellinger, CF
  6. Trey Mancini, DH
  7. Matt Mervis, 1B
  8. Nick Madrigal, 3B
  9. Tucker Barnhart, C

One nice thing about having Matt Mervis in the Cubs lineup? You can give your best power hitter, Patrick Wisdom, a day off and not lose too much potential thump in your lineup!

Indeed, Nick Madrigal gets the nod at third base today, and Tucker Barnhart slides back in for Miguel Amaya. It’s not as fun of a lineup as yesterday, but these are two reasonable substitutions.

The Cubs were supposed to be facing Bryan Hoeing today, but he’s been scratched. It’ll be a bullpen day for the Marlins. More info below.

Miami Marlins Lineup:

  1. Jon Berry, SS
  2. Jorge Soler, RF
  3. Luis Arraez, DH
  4. Yuli Gurriel, 1B
  5. Bryan De La Cruz, LF
  6. Jazz Chisholm Jr., CF
  7. Jean Segura, 3B
  8. Nick Fortes, C
  9. Xavier Edwards, 2B

Pitching Matchup:

Chicago Cubs: Drew Smyly, LHP

If it wasn’t for Marcus Stroman and Justin Steele, Drew Smyly would be THE story of the Cubs pitching staff this season. He probably could be, anyway. After a rough first game against the Reds, Smyly has been absolutely lights out, including that near perfect game. In his last five outings, he’s averaging just over 6.0 IP per start with a 1.48 ERA. How is he doing it? Well, he’s netted his fair share of strikeouts (23.6%), but it really comes down to limiting walks (3.6 BB%) and managing contact (85.4 average exit velocity). Opposing batters have been able to elevate against Smyly a little, but again the contact has been weak. The Marlins didn’t see Smyly last weekend, so advantage him.

Notable Matchups:

  • Chisholm: 0-6, 5K
  • Stallings: 2-5, 2HR, BB, K
  • Segura: 3-4, 2B, 2BB, K

Miami Marlins: Bullpen Game.

Bryan Hoeing was supposed to start against the Cubs today, but he’s been scratched. So I t’ll be a bullpen day for Miami, beginning with Matt Barnes and eventually Chi Chi Gonzalez. That’s probably good news for the Cubs, as Hoeing held the Cubs to just two runs over 5.0 innings of work last weekend. Seeing the same guy twice in short order is a good thing, yes, but Hoeing’s got some real pitches. This sinker netted 3 of his 11 whiffs from the Cubs lineup in just those 5.0 innings.

Broadcast Info:

Chicago Cubs (16-16) vs Miami Marlins (16-17) at 1:20 pm CT on Marquee Sports Network, MLBN, 670 The Score



Author: Michael Cerami

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