The New York Yankees will begin a three game series, the last one of the regular season, against the Miami Marlins. First pitch of today’s game is scheduled for 7:05 pm ET, at Yankee Stadium. The Bombers, still with a slight chance of playing the Wild Card Series at home, will try to sweep the Fish and leave them with no postseason.
Miami, at 28-28 before Thursday’s games, is still without a sealed ticket to October baseball. They are in second place in the National League East, but they have the Philadelphia Phillies (28-29) breathing down their neck, and plenty of other clubs with a similar record vying for a spot in the postseason.
The Yankees, meanwhile, were 32-24 before Thursday’s finale against the Blue Jays. Although they did secure qualification, their foe in the Wild Card Series is still not set. As of the moment of writing this article, they would be facing the Chicago White Sox, but everything can change after the weekend.
Here are each team’s probable starters:
Friday: TBD vs. J.A. Happ
The Marlins haven’t officially announced their starting rotation for the weekend series against the Yankees, but all signs are pointing towards Sandy Alcántara taking the ball on Friday. The tall right-hander is one of the club’s best pitchers, and has a 3.12 ERA and 4.16 FIP in six starts and 34.2 frames. He missed several turns with a bout of COVID-19.
J.A. Happ, meanwhile, had a rocky start of the season, getting pummeled in his first two turns. However, in his last six starts, he has a 1.93 ERA with a 3.05 FIP in 37.1 innings, with a BB/K ratio of 5/36. For the season, he has a 3.25 ERA. He has been one of the Yankees’ most consistent hurlers.
Saturday: TBD vs. Deivi García
Unless the Marlins go with some crazy plan of starting their best hurlers on short rest because of the urgency of winning, the most likely scenario has them sending rookie lefty Trevor Rogers. The 22-year old is 1-2 with a 6.84 ERA, a 4.66 FIP and a 3.76 xFIP. In 25 innings, he has shown that he is both wild (12 walks) but with evident swing-and-miss stuff, thanks to 35 strikeouts.
García has made strides with his control and command, and while his last start didn’t go so well (six earned runs and eight hits in three innings) he has left a good impression overall. For the year, he has a 4.88 ERA and a 4.77 FIP in 27.2 frames, with 8.46 K/9 and 1.63 BB/9.
Sunday: TBD vs. Clarke Schmidt
As things stand right now, the Marlins would be sending right-hander José Ureña to the mound for their regular season finale. After missing several weeks of action with a positive COVID-19 test, Ureña returned in time to make four starts so far, and the results haven’t been promising: a 6.00 ERA and a 6.28 FIP in 21 frames, coupled with a 5.57 K/9 and a 4.71 BB/K, are far from ideal numbers.
To rival Ureña, the Yankees will counter with rookie right-hander Clarke Schmidt, who will make his first start of the season after making a couple of appearances in relief. In 2.1 innings, he has conceded two runs for a 7.71 ERA.