Chicago Cubs (3) vs Miami Marlins (6)
Vinnie Parise – Site Expert:
The Chicago Cubs had a weird season. They started 13-3 and then were average to below average after that. Most of their star players had terrible years and were carried offensively by Jason Heyward and Ian Happ which is pathetic for their stars. Yu Darvish and Kyle Hendricks should be good enough to win them a short series against the Marlins. Once again, the Cubs get lucky and get the team that wouldn’t even sniff the playoffs if it were a full season. Cubs in two.
I think the Chicago Cubs have the upper hand in every area against the Miami Marlins. It’s not a matter of if they’ll win, the Cubs will take advantage of the mismatches on the mound against their hitters and win the series. Sandy Alcantara has not been successful in the pitch control department and that is something Anthony Rizzo, Ian Happ, and Kyle Schwarber can take advantage of. Yu Darvish and the rest of the Chicago Cubs starting rotation is expected to be nothing less than solid.
This looks like an easy matchup on paper for the Cubs, but do not sleep on the Marlins. They are a young and hungry team with some veterans playing on one-year deals mixed in. That is a dangerous combination for a Cubs team that struggled to score the last month of the season. However, I think the Cubs championship experience along with their starting pitching will be enough to get them past round one. Prediction: Cubs in 3
Cubs in 2. Miami is probably the most surprising team in this year’s playoffs. However, even with all of their struggles, I think the Cubs put it together in this series.
Jon Michael Walters:
Cubs sweep Marlins – in “Back to the Future” the Cubs sweep Miami, so I think that will happen in real life.