Sixto Sanchez (3-2, 3.46 ERA) vs. Yu Darvish (8-3, 2.01 ERA)
The Chicago Cubs are in a do-or-die situation at Wrigley Field on Thursday afternoon. It wasn’t supposed to be this way for the Cubs, but the surging Miami Marlins have them on the ropes in their own ballpark. The Cubs broke a 0-0 deadlock in the bottom of the 5th, but the Marlins made it up and then some in the 7th.
Kyle Hendricks, who was pitching so well, unraveled on the bump. He gave up 3 earned runs and had to be removed from the game. Jeremy Jeffress couldn’t stop the bleeding, as the Marlins tacked on two more runs to take a 5-1 lead. That’s the only inning the Marlins scored in, but it was more than enough to take Game 1 on the road in Wrigleyville.
It has been an odd year, and I’m not only talking about when it comes to baseball. Why not a deep playoff run for the Marlins now? It could certainly happen. There is talent on this team that isn’t talked about enough. I have more faith in a deep run for them in the future, but with some good fortunes, the Marlins could surprise and pull off a couple of upsets.
Following the first-round, attention will turn to Arlington for the rest of the postseason. All the Marlins need is a win today to book their ticket to Texas. If they don’t win on Thursday, the Marlins will get another chance against the Cubs in Game 3. Sixto Sanchez is expected to be a future ace in the rotation, but the Marlins are asking him to be an ace right now.
Sanchez will get the call for the Marlins, as he hopes to drive the Marlins straight to Arlington. For that to happen on Thursday, they’re also going to have to find a way to get to Yu Darvish at the plate. Darvish is a Cy Young candidate in the National League, and would rightfully deserve it if he does win the award. Davish has been strong in the regular season, but we all know of the struggles he had with the Dodgers in the postseason. Head below for our free Miami Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs pick for October 1, 2020.
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Yu Darvish has been just about unhittable this season for the Cubs. He’s had his share of ups and downs throughout his career, but Darvish has been able to put it all together in 2020. It’s a shortened campaign, so you have to wonder what his numbers would have looked like in a full 162-game season, but his effort through 12 games has been excellent.
Darvish posted an ERA of 2.01 and 0.96 WHIP through 76 innings of work this season. He goes into Thursday with a 2.70 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in his previous three starts. Darvish was fantastic in a 10-0 win over the White Sox in a tune up game for the playoffs on September 25.
He conceded 3 hits and no earned runs in 7 innings of play. Darvish has been effective against the Marlins in the past, as they’re hitting just .174 against him in 61 at-bats. If there’s any guy that the Cubs want in the rotation in this spot, it has to be Darvish.
Sixto Sanchez has a bright career ahead of him, and he’s already showcased his talent with the Marlins this season. He was named Rookie of the Year on the Marlins and certainly deserves the accolade. Sanchez recorded an ERA of 3.46 and 1.21 WHIP in 39 innings of work. He gave up 36 hits and 15 earned runs in the regular season. Not perfect by any means, but for a rookie, you can’t ask for much more.
He would have been able to keep his numbers down if he didn’t pitch on the road. Sanchez was less effective on the road, with an ERA of 4.50 and 1.29 WHIP through 14 innings. Overall, Sanchez was better earlier in the season, and he’s slipped a bit in his last two outings. He’s conceded 12 hits and 9 earned runs in his last 7 innings of work. I have to back Darvish to force a Game 3 for the Cubs in this spot.