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MLB : ATS Matchup

MIAMI (31 - 29) at CHICAGO CUBS (34 - 26)
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Thursday, 10/1/2020 2:08 PM
NATIONAL League Playoffs - Wild Card - Best Of 3 - Game 2
Board OpeningLatest
981MIAMI+175Ov 7,+105+182Ov 7,+100
982CHICAGO CUBS-185Un 7,-125-195Un 7,-120
MIAMI - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games31-29+12.232-274.40.2440.3120.3850.6975.10.2610.3380.4550.794
Road Games16-14+12.216-134.90.2460.3170.3950.7115.50.2530.3420.4510.793
vs Right-handed Starters24-17+14.921-194.60.2580.3290.3860.7144.50.2610.3400.4470.787
Past 7 Games3-4+13-43.70.2340.2920.3400.6325.90.2680.3600.4420.801
Grass Games16-11+14.212-144.80.2520.3200.3930.7135.50.2590.3470.4580.806
Day Games8-10+2.39-84.00.2390.3060.3870.6935.30.2630.3500.4740.824
MIAMI - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.40.2440.312601935473825600.3852471915375040143395831
Road Games4.90.2460.317301036255384360.3951391072922421228253024
Righty Starters4.60.2580.329411314339543360.3861761383734129130254217
MIAMI - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games5.501.552230.71521412404211818716-1018481.8%
Road Games5.701.528126.489801232570988-611473.3%

CHICAGO CUBS - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games34-26+1.129-294.40.2200.3030.3860.6904.00.2330.2980.4000.698
Home Games17-13+0.912-173.50.2140.2980.3600.6583.70.2250.2830.3850.669
vs Right-handed Starters27-22-0.627-204.80.2270.3110.4070.7184.20.2420.3090.4130.722
Past 7 Games3-4-3.23-44.70.1910.2810.3730.6544.10.2440.3130.4250.738
Grass Games34-26+1.129-294.40.2200.3030.3860.6904.00.2330.2980.4000.698
Day Games9-8-0.77-84.60.2070.3000.3940.6943.80.2320.3040.3750.679
CHICAGO CUBS - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.40.2200.303601918422818740.3862482295682441250304422
Home Games3.50.2140.29830933200414290.360101111278521722132812
Righty Starters4.80.2270.311491584360688670.4072191924702034241233718
CHICAGO CUBS - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games4.381.340193.310294159291002299-616576.2%
Home Games3.571.26493.341377612421074-210190.9%
MIAMI - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
9/17/2020URENA(R)BOSTONEOVALDI(R)3-5L+1059.5 unU7701051
9/18/2020SANCHEZ(R)WASHINGTONFEDDE(R)0-5L-1856.5 ovU2501061
9/18/2020CASTANO(L)WASHINGTONCROWE(R)14-3W-1257 ovO1261641
9/19/2020LOPEZ(R)WASHINGTONCORBIN(L)7-3W-1208 unO1591561
9/20/2020GARRETT(L)WASHINGTONBRAYMER(L)0-15L-1407 ovO2511870
9/21/2020ROGERS(L)@ ATLANTAYNOA(R)4-5L1509.5 unU9100850
9/22/2020URENA(R)@ ATLANTAWILSON(R)1-11L1509.5 ovO10811560
9/23/2020SANCHEZ(R)@ ATLANTAFRIED(L)4-9L1558 ovO7311060
9/24/2020LOPEZ(R)@ ATLANTAANDERSON(R)4-2W1559 unU9906114
9/25/2020ALCANTARA(R)@ NY YANKEESHAPP(L)4-3W1809.5 unU371754
9/26/2020ROGERS(L)@ NY YANKEESGARCIA(R)4-11L2209.5 unO101001061
9/27/2020URENA(R)@ NY YANKEESSCHMIDT(R)5-0W1659.5 evU980680
9/30/2020ALCANTARA(R)@ CHICAGO CUBSHENDRICKS(R)5-1W1558.5 ovU891471

 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
9/18/2020HENDRICKS(R)MINNESOTAHILL(L)1-0W-1157.5 unU360340
9/19/2020MILLS(R)MINNESOTAPINEDA(R)1-8L+1158 ovO5511010
9/20/2020DARVISH(R)MINNESOTABERRIOS(R)0-4L-1507.5 unU4901080
9/21/2020LESTER(L)@ PITTSBURGHBRUBAKER(R)5-0W-1458.5 evU850440
9/22/2020QUINTANA(L)@ PITTSBURGHBRAULT(L)2-3L-1508.5 ovU550540
9/23/2020HENDRICKS(R)@ PITTSBURGHWILLIAMS(R)1-2L-2508.5 unU590740
9/24/2020MILLS(R)@ PITTSBURGHKUHL(R)0-7L-1559 evU2511460
9/25/2020DARVISH(R)@ CHI WHITE SOXCEASE(R)10-0W-1608 ovO1050342
9/26/2020LESTER(L)@ CHI WHITE SOXDUNNING(R)5-9L1459.5 unO5421071
9/27/2020ALZOLAY(R)@ CHI WHITE SOXLOPEZ(R)10-8W1309 ovO8601181
9/30/2020HENDRICKS(R)MIAMIALCANTARA(R)1-5L-1658.5 ovU471891
Darvish tries to save Cubs' season against Marlins

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

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

Miami, which won the series opener 5-1 on Wednesday, will counter Darvish with rookie right-hander Sixto Sanchez, 22.

Darvish, 34, has had a strong season, posting the best ERA (2.01) of his eight-year major league career. He went 8-3 in 12 starts, leading the NL in wins during the abbreviated season.

Better yet 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.

"I feel like I have two aces with Yu and Kyle," Cubs manager David Ross said of Darvish and Kyle Hendricks, who started Game 1.

However, Darvish has yet to prove himself in the playoffs, posting a 5.81 ERA and a 2-4 record in six postseason 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 Aug. 22. With a fastball that averages 98.6 mph and touches 100, Sanchez had a 1.69 ERA through five starts, making him a candidate for Rookie of the Year.

However, in his final two starts of the regular season, Sanchez allowed nine runs in seven innings.

"Hopefully, he's on the attack (on Thursday)," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said of Sanchez, who has never faced the Cubs. "Sixto's stuff is as good as anybody's. He throws strikes with everything. We're going to push him to be aggressive (on Thursday)."

A factor for Thursday's game will be the health of Marlins center fielder Starling Marte, who was hit by a 92 mph Dan Winkler fastball in the ninth inning of Game 1. Marte, struck on his left hand, left the game, and he reportedly underwent an X-ray that revealed a non-displaced fracture in his pinkie, per multiple media outlets.

The 31-year-outfielder reportedly is considered day-to-day, and there is a possibility he could return for Game 2 on Thursday.

"Star has been hit three times on that hand since we acquired him (on Aug. 31 from the Arizona Diamondbacks)," Mattingly said. "And he got hit in the head the other day.

"He's been like a target almost, but he's been bouncing back from everything. Hopefully we get good results (with the MRI)."

Weather is another factor. Wednesday's game was played in rough conditions -- a 30 mph wind blowing in various directions and some early rain. In the late innings, batters had to see the ball through shadows.

Pop flies were also an adventure. Marlins catcher Chad Wallach caught one after a bobble, and Miami second baseman Jon Berti made a grab after racing 94 feet, according to game analytics.

But the Cubs -- who were favored to win this series by virtue of being the third seed as compared to No. 6 for Miami -- have to win on Thursday, no matter the weather, or their season is over.

The Cubs won 103 games and the World Series in 2016, then won more than 90 in each of the next two seasons. But Chicago hasn't won a playoff series since 2017, and now it is 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 having tested positive for coronavirus.

The Cubs will need to get their bats going, too, as they had just four hits on Wednesday, including a solo homer by Ian Happ. Cubs stars Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Jason Heyward, Wilson Contreras and Javier Baez combined to go 2-for-20 on Wednesday.

Those six batters hit a total of 170 homers last year.

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

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 10/27/2020 11:34:00 AM EST

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