Jose Urena (0-3, 6.00 ERA) vs. Clarke Schmidt (0-0, 7.71 ERA)
The Miami Marlins and New York Yankees will play one more regular season game in 2020. It’s been a wacky season, with a shortened campaign reduced to 60 games. It feels like the season just started to be honest. Everyone, including the players, are used to a 162-game schedule, so this certainly feels weird for all.
The Marlins are one of the biggest surprises of the season. Even though the postseason is expanded this season, it’s impressive to see the Marlins playing baseball in October. They are in and will head to Wrigley Field for a three-game play-in series against the Cubs.
Play-in to get to the bubble in Arlington. That’s when the postseason is really going to get serious and heat up. The top contenders cannot take this first-round lightly, though. They’re playing a team who probably shouldn’t be in the playoffs, and that could be the most dangerous team of all. There is nothing for them to lose.
Everyone is expecting the bottom seeds to lose, so there shouldn’t be any pressure for the Marlins and the others. It’s going to be a tough series for the Marlins at Wrigley Field, but they’ve already bucked expectations.
Why not do it again in October? The Cubs aren’t an unbeatable juggernaut, so I wouldn’t count the Marlins out. As difficult as it’s going to be, the Marlins have a chance. Conversely, the Yankees will head to Cleveland for a three-game series against the Indians.
Sunday is a day about staying focused and healthy. Leaving the regular season on a bad note wouldn’t be the best of feelings. The Yankees are coming off a big 11-4 win on Saturday over the Marlin. This after the Yankees were half asleep in a 4-3 loss on Friday. DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit both connected for 3 RBI to pace the Yankees.
Prospect Clarke Schmidt will receive his first major league start on Sunday against the Marlins. Jose Urena will finish off the regular season for the Marlins opposite Schmidt. Head below for our free Miami Marlins vs. New York Yankees pick for September 27, 2020.
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The Miami Marlins will send Jose Urena to the hill to wrap up the 2020 campaign. Urena has made only four starts in 2020 as a result of being on the COVID-19 list. He returned to the bump on September 7 and was shaky. Urena conceded 4 hits and 3 earned runs through 5 innings of work. He’s made three starts since then and hasn’t really gotten into a groove in those outings either.
Urena goes into Sunday with an ERA of 6.00 and 1.48 WHIP through 21 innings. He hopes to provide the Marlins with some solid support out of the bullpen in the playoffs, but hasn’t been in good form leading up to the regular season finale.
I’m not overly optimistic that Urena can snap out of the funk and get going at Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Yankees woke up offensively last night, and should be in for another solid performance today.
Rookie Clarke Schmidt has worked out of the bullpen so far in his young career. He’s made two appearances as a reliever, having failed to pitch well in 2.1 innings. Schmidt has conceded 3 hits and 2 earned runs for a 7.71 ERA and 2.57 WHIP.
The opposition hit .300 against Schmidt in those two games. As the top pitching prospect, Schmidt is expected to eventually deliver for the Yankees in the future. However, he probably needs another year or two before Schmidt begins to reach his potential. I’m going to side with the OVER at Yankee Stadium in the final game played at Yankee Stadium in 2020.