Cubs vs. Marlins (Wild Card Round, Game 1)

The bizarre 2020 regular season has come to an end with the Cubs in first place in the central and four (!) NL Central teams making the sweet-sixteen style postseason. As the three-seed, the Cubs get to take on Marlins. A 3-game series unfolding without a day off will decide which team advances to the next round. Get ready for yet more strangeness from baseball in 2020!

CHC (0-0): RHP Kyle Hendricks (6-5, 2.88 ERA)
MIA (0-0): RHP Sandy Alcantara (3-2, 3.00 ERA)
First pitch 1:08 pm central (Wed., Sep. 30)

Darvish was undoubtedly the Cubs' best overall starter in the regular season. But he'll go in game 2 on full rest and Hendricks gets to go in game one. Perhaps this can be a reprisal of the role he played on opening day when he pitched an efficient complete game shutout against the Brewers. Hendricks went no less than 7.2 innings in each of his last 4 starts, allowing 5 earned runs and collecting 24 strikeouts (to 2 walks) across those 31.1 innings. Recent trade acquisition Starling Marte has seen the most of Hendricks and is only 6-26 with two doubles.

Sandy Alcantara gets the nod for the Marlins to open the series. He was out-pitched this season by Pablo Lopez, who also made 4 more starts than Alcantara. But Alcantara boosted his peripherals and suppressed runs more effectively in this shortened than in any other season of his young career. It's all pretty tiny sample sizes for the Cubs against Alcantara, but Contreras is 2-3 with 2 walks and Javy is 3-8 with 4 strikeouts. Rizzo is 1-5 with the roster's only homerun against Alcantara.

Comments

Yay for playoff games taking place in the middle of a workday? I'll be watching this one well after the fact. Enjoy, to all those watching it live on Wednesday afternoon!

There's a lot I hate about this playoff format and I hope we get back to 3-in with 2 teams playing a brutal 1-game playoff format.

i don't want to watch 162...or 150...games to see 16 out of 30 teams get a shot at winning it all.

we just watched the cubs drop 3 out of 4 to a team that was 15-38.  dropping a playoff series to a team that had the 5th best record and survived a 1-game sudden death playoff has a bit more legitamacy than a team that didn't even have a .500 record (MIL + HOU this year, btw).

Couldn't agree more. It was fine for this nonsense season, but playing a full 162, what's the point of pushing for 100 wins if 80 gets you in, and there's no real benefit to winning 100, as if you lose the wrong two games, you're gone 

I triple that motion.  Really liked the 3 in and 2 WCs with a 1 game playoff, best playoff setup of my lifetime.  It reinforces the importantance of 162, winning your division and there is a benefit to get that number 1 seed too. 

i wasn't initially on board with the extra wildcard team, but the 1-game playoff and having to start the next round almost immediately after burning a top pitcher really made that "extra slot" earn it's keep competitively.

i don't think i'm going to be won over by a 16-team playoff no matter how it's presented, though.

happ / rizzo / bryant / schwarber / contreras / heyward / baez / caratini(DH) / kipnis

ABC broadcast (all 3 games, W/Th/F)...

j.osich DFA'd...j.phegley added to be the "3rd/emergency" catcher

btw, the cubs play all early day games this round.  wtf...

cubs game suuuuuuuuuuucks.  straight garbage.

cin/atl is off the hook (scoreless in the 13th).

ATL wins, bottom 13th.

HOU advances over MIN.  part of me hopes this sub-.500 team makes it to the world series so more people can push back on this 16-team playoff stuff.  it would be eyerolling if it's 2 sub-.500 teams (MIL/HOU).

Hendricks battled but the Cubs luck ran out in the 7th. 

Lots of Cubs weak sauce on display this afternoon 

he also had his first 3-walk game since april 1st, 2019.

He was missing badly in the middle of the zone throughout the game. No idea why someone wasn't warmed up to start the 7th.

It really speaks to how hard he is to get to that he continually danced out of danger multiple times without his best stuff until the 7th. Once the 8 and 9 guys were on, he definitely shouldn't have turned the lineup over again. Agreed someone needed to be ready to throw 7th

Hendricks really did a great job today. You could tell he didn't have his best stuff but kept them off the board for 6 innings. Deserved better than the L.

Normally I'd say this one was on Ross for not seeing that Hendricks was done when the 8 and 9 hitters got on in the 7th but.... one run isn't going to win a lot of games.

Unfortunately scoring one run in playoff games is a continuing trend for this core group of Cubs

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  • crunch 8 hours 28 min ago (view)

    corey seager signed a deal for 32.5m a year and that means carlos correa is having a really great day.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 9 hours 3 min ago (view)

    Texas has a wildly expensive middle infield. They've also set the market really high for the remaining SS. And they did it single handedly.

     

  • crunch 10 hours 30 min ago (view)

    c.seager goes to TEX for 10/325.

    they've committed to spend 1/2 billion this week (marcus semien added, too).

    meanwhile, the cubs complained to the local paper about how their new multi-million dollar sports betting lounge isn't a casino and they sent out a "cyber monday" ad to offer the great deal of it costing nothing to get on the season tickets waiting list.

    it already is and will continue to be a hell of a 24 hours.  maybe the cubs will *shrug* i dunno...do something worth talking about.

     

  • crunch 14 hours 37 min ago (view)

    BA released their top-10 cubs prospects list...

    1. Brennen Davis

    2. Cristian Hernandez

    3. Brailyn Marquez

    4. Pete Crow-Armstrong

    5. Jordan Wicks

    6. Kevin Alcantara

    7. Caleb Kilian

    8. Owen Caissie

    9. DJ Herz

    10. Yohendrick Pinango

    reggie preciado got robbed.

     

  • crunch 15 hours 4 min ago (view)

    m.scherzer mets 3/130m (wow)

    that's more than the entire payroll for PIT last season per year and only a bit less than what BAL, CLE, and MIA paid out.

     

  • crunch 15 hours 10 min ago (view)

    both are equally useful to a baseball team.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 16 hours 20 min ago (view)

    The violinist or the camera staring afficionado?

     

  • Hagsag 16 hours 21 min ago (view)

    Taylor Davis might be next.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 16 hours 40 min ago (view)

    STOP THE PRESSES! They signed someone. Some random lefty RP named Locke St.John.

    Sounds like a Bond villain.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 16 hours 41 min ago (view)

    That's a good way of looking at it. The race for the top draft pick is a pretty hardcore competition, too.

     

  • crunch 17 hours 20 min ago (view)

    hey, they're working hard as hell.

    just last week tom ricketts and other chicago sports team owners went out of their way to respond to a Tribune article calling sports betting lounges "casinos" by co-authoring a letter to the paper.

    DraftKings being happy seems to be the cubs #1 offseason priority.

     

  • Sonicwind75 18 hours 14 min ago (view)

    Just depends on what your definition of "being competitive" means.  Technically the Cubs (barring a strike) will be "competing" against other baseball teams and therefore will "be competitive".  

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 18 hours 35 min ago (view)

    Flurries of activity and Cubs crickets.

    BuT wE'rE tRyInG tO cOmPeTe!

     

  • Hagsag 21 hours 55 min ago (view)

    Hey, Jed didn't lie. He said this wasn't a rebuild.

     

  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    ...and that was fake.

    you can't even rely on a blue checkmark account anymore on twitter.  thanks world.

    okay, that was a real account (blue check) who retweeted someone they thought was real.  this is inception-level internet stupidity and the account he re-tweeted is now disabled.

     

  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    cubs weren't linked heavily, but m.semien is off the board to the rangers...7/175m

    trevor story seems to be the most cubs-linked middle IF'r, but i havent heard anything about story/cubs in weeks.