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    We are now just two weeks until the start of the 2019 regular season with the Cubs facing the Rangers in Arlington , Texas. It’s seemed pretty obvious what the Cubs’ rotation was going to be, given the order the pitchers have been throwing in spring games: Jon Lester, Yu Darvish, Cole Hamels, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana.Except Wednesday, Joe Maddon dropped this little nugget on reporters:Nuances. Well, Joe always has been a man with words. And indeed, the Cubs have two off days through the season’s first 10 games. Which means they wouldn’t need a fifth starter until Game 9, having gone twice through a four-man rotation. Having such a rotation through nine games would allow the team to carry an extra bullpen arm or bench player through the road trip that goes from Texas to Atlanta to Milwaukee. There are a number of ways to accomplish this, and they are laid out in detail by roster expert Arizona Phil at The Cub Reporter, so I’ll let you read it in its entirety at this link and quote only this portion of it, the most salient part:Phil has the dates off by a week there (the sim game would be Monday Kirk Gibson Jersey , April 1 and the game in Milwaukee, Game 9 of the season, would be Sunday, April 7), but he’s got the basic concept down right. The reason you’d option Kyle Hendricks to Eugene is that the Ems aren’t playing in April, so he wouldn’t be taking up a roster spot from a player who really needs it at one of the other affiliates. Essentially, Hendricks would “miss” one start (though he’d get his work in on April 1, or even April 2) and the rotation would line up this way:And that would set up Lester to throw the home opener on April 8 vs. the Pirates. Since there’s another off day April 9, everyone in the rotation gets an extra day of rest. It also would have two lefties vs. the Braves, who were 21-26 against LH starters last year, and set up Quintana to face the Brewers, against whom he has a 1.62 ERA in 11 career starts.As Arizona Phil noted , it’s “outside the box” thinking... but this might be exactly what Maddon was thinking when he mentioned “off day nuances” to reporters Wednesday morning. In another pitching-related comment from Maddon, he told reporters this:Well, I think you can forget about Craig Kimbrel. It just doesn’t seem like the Cubs would want to meet his price, or anywhere near his price. There also don’t seem to be any decent bullpen options remaining on this free agent list (and a couple of the pitchers listed as unsigned have actually signed, including Boone Logan).So the Cubs will be scouring the waiver wire over the next week or two, or perhaps they can engineer a trade. Maybe there’s a reliever with a bad contract who the Cubs could swap Tyler Chatwood for — I suggested they look into trading with the Giants for Mark Melancon right here on this very site last October. Melancon hasn’t been very good this spring, but the money matches up fairly well ($25 million owed to Chatwood, $28 million to Melancon) and who knows, maybe the change of scenery would work for both pitchers. Melancon was once a lockdown closer. Even if he can’t recover to that level, perhaps he could help the Cubs bullpen.In any case, though it seemed a week or so ago that the Cubs’ 25-man roster for March 28 was pretty well set, there are a few factors here that would appear to put a couple of roster spots in flux. As always Victor Martinez Jersey , we await developments. A strong pitching matchup kept both offenses at bay for the most part."WhiteFanposts Sections News & RumorsAnalysisPodcastsProspects & DraftGame CoverageFull ArchiveMasthead Social Marlins Players on TwitterFish Stripes on InstagramMarlins Media Members Fish Stripes Best of 2018 Marlins StoriesScheduleRosterStatsCommunity Guidelines StubHub 鉁旾saac Galloway delivers big in extra innings to give Fish the winNew,5commentsA strong pitching matchup kept both offenses at bay for the most part. ByJesse NievesUpdatedSep 21, 2018, 10:56pm EDTShareTweetShareShareIsaac Galloway delivers big in extra innings to give Fish the winJasen Vinlove-USA TODAY SportsThe Marlins went extra innings tonight and actually won. The bottom of the tenth was the stage for Isaac Galloway to win it for the Fish. The pitching came through in big ways for the Fish.Wei-Yin Chen: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 KLuis Castillo: 8.1 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 KWei-Yin Chen pitched a gem tonight. That does not get said often , even when he does pitch good it is not this good. The biggest thing was the seven innings pitched, the Fish have needed pitchers to go long all season. The movement on each pitch was evident tonight and this allowed Chen to go deep.Luis Castillo continued to show the Fish what kind of pitcher they traded away. He went longer and only gave up two hits and a walk more than Chen. The Fish had runners in scoring position two different times against Castillo but could not get the job done. He was missing bats left and right and was able to get out of any jams he ran into. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY SportsThe Marlins would not be able to get anything done until after Castillo was out of the game. The ninth inning was the next time the Fish would be in scoring position. After a Starlin Castro single, J.T. Realmuto drew a walk. With one out already Peter O’Brien grounded out to end the inning. The Fish did not stop there though. The next inning Brian Anderson knocked a double into right field to get the offense going. Isaac Galloway followed that up with a game winning double to right field, bringing Anderson home. The Fish had multiple chances to score some runs, but they finally came through in the end. Attendance: 11,471Please leave any Icthy picks in the comments below. Remember, we introduced a new grand prize for the contest this season.Probable PitchersNameTeamIPERAFIPK/9fWARNameTeamIPERAFIPK/9fWARToday's LineupsREDSMARLINSMatchup Summary: The Cincinnati Reds are 66-88, while the Marlins are 59-93. While the Fish have had the worse record for a bit now it is sad to see. There are only two teams with worse records than the Fish, Royals and Orioles. The Fish added to their lost record last night with a 4-2 loss to the Reds. The season is almost done and the Fish and crawling towards the finish line.Wei-Yin Chen is starting tonight, this will be his last home game of the season. Chen is coming off two bad losses to the Phills and Pirates. He will be facing off against Luis Castillo. Castillo is coming off of a streak of four good games. He is hot and will be bringing his strikeout stuff tonight. The Fish will need their offense working tonight, yesterday the bats were turned off for the most part. Reds vs Fish 7:10 pm. Game Thread Question: Anybody else wish we did not trade Luis Castillo for Dan Straily and two other players?