Chicago Cubs

Derek Jeter's 'bottom feeders' completely dominated the Cubs

Led by CEO Jeter and manager Mattingly, the Marlins clinched a trip to the NLDS on Friday by beating the Cubs 2-0 to sweep the best-of-three Wild Card round.

And while it’s been a long time since Miami has been on top, Mattingly has this team believing in itself, a remarkable feat for a club that was hit hard by a COVID-19 outbreak at the very start of this pandemic-shortened season.

In Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS, fan Steve Bartman deflected Luis Castillo’s foul ball as Cubs left fielder Moises Alou tried to make a leaping catch, which led to an eight-run, eighth-inning rally.

The Marlins finished second in the NL East at 31-29 despite a virus outbreak early this season that forced 18 players from the field following the opening series and prevented them from playing for more than a week.

Matt Joyce doubled off the glove of diving center fielder Ian Happ, and Miguel Rojas chased Darvish with an RBI single.

“It’s just something that you can’t explain.” Cooper was previously a top Yankees prospect, and made his major league debut with the organization, but was traded to Miami for pitcher Mike King in 2017.

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