2:20 PM ET, September 4, 2013
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Miami: Flynn (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Chicago: Samardzija (8-11, 4.13 ERA)
For those MLB teams out of pennant contention, this is a month when they start thinking about future plans.
Tonight Brian Flynn will make his major league debut for the Miami Marlins when this team end up their series with the Chicago Cubs.
The Marlins (52-85) already seem to have hope in Jose Fernandez, who likely will be on the short list for NL Rookie of the Year voting with his 10-6 record, 2.33 ERA and 173 strikeouts in 158 2/3 innings.
YouWager experts consider that tonight Miami will get their first look at Flynn, whom they acquired in 2012 as part of a five-player trade that sent Anibal Sanchez — himself a promising Marlins rookie pitcher at one point — and infielder Omar Infante to the Detroit Tigers.
The Oklahoma native went a combined 7-12 with a 2.63 ERA in 27 starts in the minors, making four starts at Double-A Jacksonville before being promoted to Triple-A New Orleans. Flynn struck out 147 in 161 innings over both stops and has expressed that he’s static his debut will be at a venerable place like iconic Wrigley Field.
Chicago will counter with Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.13 ERA) who will try to prevent the sweep and win a season-high third straight decision. The 28 year-old was unable to protect a 5-0 lead Friday after being reached for five runs — all of which came after he shut out the Philadelphia Phillies the first five innings — and eight hits in 6 2/3 frames before the Cubs (58-80) eventually lost 6-5.
The Indiana native will be making his first appearance versus Miami in 2013. Samardzija went 0-1 in two starts in 2012, giving up six runs while striking out 12 in 8 2/3 innings.
The Cubs’ best rookie — left fielder Junior Lake — walked as a pinch-hitter Tuesday, but is 6 for 34 (.176) with 12 strikeouts in his last nine MLB games.