The Miami Marlins made their way up to the Friendly Confines for the first game of a possible three-game set in the 2020 Wild Card Series.
The last time the Marlins played the Cubs at Wrigley Field in the playoffs was 17 years ago. We are not going to go down the 2003 NLCS road, instead, we are going to focus on what just happened on the field in game one.
Here is the lineup the Cubs put on the field on Wednesday afternoon.
Not to mention, the Professor was on the mound.
Although the wind was howling out, runs were at a premium Wednesday afternoon. That did not stop the Cubs’ best offensive weapon from putting one in the bleachers.
Unfortunately, Corey Dickerson deposited a three-run home run into the bleachers himself. David Ross made a costly decision to leave Kyle Hendricks in after 100-plus pitches while Jeremy Jeffress was ready to go out of the pen.
Already down 3-1 thanks to Ross’s mistake, Jeffress entered the game and gave up a two-run home-run to Jesus Aguilar to extend the Cubs deficit to 5-1.
The decision to let Hendricks pitch in the seventh inning will certainly loom large over David Ross. Kyle Hendricks had to pitch out of multiple jams in prior innings and allowed hard-hit balls all afternoon. It was a questionable decision from a rookie manager in his first playoff game.
The Cubs offense stuck to their identity in recent years of playoff baseball.
The Cubs have a favorable matchup with Cy Young hopeful Yu Darvish on the mound tomorrow for game two. Let’s hope the bats decide they want to take part in the baseball game, otherwise the North Siders will be heading home for good.