Miami Marlins
1-0
+185
37%
-210
63%
Chicago Cubs
0-1
Fri, Oct 2 - 2:08p ET   |   ESPN   |   Wrigley Field
By Landon Smith

Miami Marlins vs Chicago Cubs MLB Wild Card Odds, Prediction & Preview

Miami Marlins vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview of the match for the MLB Baseball Game on Friday October 2nd, 2020.

Miami Marlins vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview of the match for the MLB Baseball Game on Friday October 2nd, 2020.

 

#971 Miami Marlins +185MLB WILD CARD
#972 Chicago Cubs -210

 

Sixto Sanchez Miami Marlins
ERA 3.46 (3-2)

Sixto Sanchez will start Game 2 of the Marlins Wild Card Round series against the Chicago Cubs.

Sandy Alcantara will toe the rubber in Game 1 and Pablo Lopez will pitch Game 3, if necessary.

The electric right-hander will obviously be making his first postseason start after finishing the regular season with a 3.46 ERA, 1.205 WHIP, and a 33:11 K/BB ratio across 39 innings (seven starts).

He looked un-hittable in starts two through five but showed some vulnerability in his final two starts of the year.

Yu Darvish Chicago Cubs
ERA 2.13 (8-3)

Thursday's Wild Card matchup between the Cubs and Marlins has been postponed due to rain.

It'll be made up on Friday. If necessary, Game 3 will be played on Saturday. It would be the only baseball game this weekend if Game 3 occurs.

The Division Series begins on Monday (AL) and Tuesday (NL).

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It could be Yu Darvish's job to save the Chicago Cubs season.

Darvish, who signed a six-year, $ 126 million deal with the Cubs in February 2018, will begin Thursday afternoon against the visiting Miami Marlins in Game 2 of a National League first-round series between the three. top.

Miami, who won Game 1 of the series 5-1 on Wednesday, will face Darvish with rookie right-hander Sixto Sanchez, 22.

Darvish, 34, has had a solid season with the best average (2.01) in his eight-year major league career. He was 8-3 in 12 starts, leading the NL in short season wins.

Better still for Darvish, he has a 2.40 ERA with 211 strikeouts and just 21 walks in 157 2/3 innings since the 2019 All-Star break.

Darvish has yet to prove himself in the playoffs, however, with a 5.81 ERA and a 2-4 record in six playoff starts. This will be his first playoff start for the Cubs.

Darvish also has another negative trend working against him: a 6.08 ERA in five career appearances against the Marlins.

Sanchez went 3-2 with a 3.46 ERA in seven starts after making his major league debut on August 22. With a fastball averaging 98.6 mph and hitting 100, Sanchez had a 1.69 ERA in five starts, making him a Rookie of the Year candidate.

However, in his last two regular-season starts, Sánchez allowed nine runs in seven innings.

A factor in Thursday's game will be the health of Marlins center fielder Starling Marte, who was hit by a Dan Winkler fastball at 92 mph in the ninth inning of Game 1. Marte, left-handed hit, left. the game, and allegedly underwent an X-ray that revealed an undisplaced fracture in his little finger, according to multiple outlets.

The 31-year-old outfielder would be considered overnight, and there is a possibility that he will return for Game 2 on Thursday.

The weather is another factor. Wednesday's game was played in tough conditions - 30 mph wind blowing in various directions and early rain. At the end of innings, the batters must see the ball through the shadows.

The flies of pop were also an adventure. Marlins wide receiver Chad Wallach caught one behind a shovel, and Miami second baseman Jon Berti had a catch after running 94 feet, according to game scans.

But the Cubs, who were the favorites to win this series as the third seed over Miami's No. 6, must win Thursday, regardless of the weather, or their season will be over.

The Cubs won 103 games and the World Series in 2016, then more than 90 in each of the next two seasons. But Chicago hasn't won a playoff series since 2017 and is now in danger of being eliminated by a Marlins team that lost 105 games last season and started the first week of 2020 with 18 players testing positive for the coronavirus. .

The Cubs will also need to start their bats, as they only had four hits Wednesday, including a solo home run by Ian Happ. Cubs stars Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Jason Heyward, Wilson Contreras and Javier Báez combined to complete 2 of 20 on Wednesday.

Those six hitters hit a total of 170 home runs last year.

Perhaps in Miami's favor: The Marlins, who won the World Series in 1997 and again in 2003, have never lost a playoff series.

PICK: Chicago Cubs @ -210, O/U 7

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By Landon Smith, on 2:08p ET