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The Miami Marlins exercised the club option for outfielder Starling Marte on Wednesday, and he'll make $12.5 million next year. The Marlins would've been on the hook for $1 million if they had decided not to pick up Marte's option. Miami acquired the center fielder from Arizona on Aug. 31 for pitchers Caleb Smith and Humberto Mejia. The 32-year-old played in 61 games during the shortened season, 33 with the D-Backs and 28 for the Fish. He slashed .281/.340/.430 with six home runs, 27 RBI and 10 steals overall, hitting .245/.286/.415 with four dingers and 13 RBI with Miami. Marte suffered a non-displaced fracture of his left pinkie finger in Game 1 of the wild-card series against Chicago and didn't return in the playoffs.
Miami Marlins relief pitcher Yimi Garcia blew the game (with an assist from manager Don Mattingly) in Game 1 of the National League Division Series. Garcia got just one out, allowing three runs on three hits. He also allowed two inherited runners to score. Starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara was inexplicably allowed to start the seventh inning for a fourth time through the Braves batting order. He allowed two base runners, and then Garcia, who had yet to come in with runners on base in 2020, was called on. He struggled mightily, coughing up a huge home run to Travis d'Arnaud. James Hoyt, the pitcher the Marlins used all season to come in with runners on base, then came on to pitch with the bases empty. It was a bad outing for Garcia, but it was a master class in bad managing by Mattingly, your 2020 National League Manager of the Year.
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara pitched extremely well for the first six innings of Tuesday's first game of the National League Division Series. Alcantara was sent back in for the seventh inning to face the Braves order for the fourth time, an unbelievably bad move by manager Don Mattingly in a year full of them. He'll still win Manager of the Year, though. Alcantara struck out eight, allowing a total of five runs and eight hits in six plus innings. He should have had a quality start, and the Marlins might have even won this game, but Mattingly had a different idea in mind.
Miami Marlins rookie starting pitcher Sixto Sanchez will get the start for Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves. Sanchez got off to an excellent start in Game 2 of the Wild Card Series against the Chicago Cubs before getting into a little trouble in the fifth inning. He'll follow Sandy Alcantara, who will get Game 1, and Pablo Lopez, who will start Game 2.
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Pablo Lopez will take the ball for Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves. Sandy Alcantara will start Game 1 and Sixto Sanchez will get the Game 3 start. Lopez was scheduled to pitch Game 3 of the Wild Card Series against the Chicago Cubs, but he was not needed as the underdog Marlins needed just two games to sweep the Cubs.