Rookie Jazz Chisholm had a home run and three RBIs Sunday in a 5-0 victory over the New York Yankees.
Miami (31-29) was third in the NL East and won the NL’s sixth seed and a game against the Chicago Cubs in the first round.
“We will be rested,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “We will be ready. I think they will expect to play well. I think our guys will be cowardly, I think everything will be fine. ”
Miami lost the NL’s worst 105 games last year and had 18 players sidelined with COVID-19 early on, forcing the Marlins to use 61 players and make 174 trades. The Marlins hadn’t finished with a winning record since their 87-75 in 2009. ”
“This group has been a solid group, a great group actually, trustworthy in terms of their willingness to play,” said Mattingly. “Everything that happened to them they did, they are really proud of these games and happy to have a winning record.
Chisholm scored a two-point brace in Miami’s second three-point game, Clarke Schmidt (0-1), who made his first big league start, and outscored Nick Nelson in the eighth. Brian Anderson hit a homerun against Jonathan Holder and Corey Dickerson hit an RBI single for Miami.
“As a kid you always want to play at Yankee Stadium,” said Chisholm, who had two more hits in his first 19 games before Sunday. “It was really cool to be able to play like that today. ”
Daniel Castano (1-2) pitched 6 1/3 innings for his first career victory. Schmidt allowed three runs and four hits in four innings.
The Marlins lost outfielder Starling Marte and right-hander Jose Urena to injuries in the first three innings. Marte left with a bruised left ear after being struck by Schmidt’s fastball at 94 mph within a second. Urena, a candidate for the Miami bullpen in the postseason, was struck in the right arm by DJ LeMahieu’s liner in third.
X-rays revealed Urena had a broken forearm, according to reports.
“Kind of your biggest fear on a day like today,” Mattingly said. “You almost hate playing your guys. ”
Streaky New York (33-27) finished seven games behind Tampa Bay and hung on for the AL’s fifth seed when third-placed Toronto (32-28) lost to Baltimore. The Yankees will play Cleveland in the first round after a season in which they started 16-6, lost 15 of 20, won 10 in a row and lost six of their last eight.
“We haven’t, in my opinion, played to the height of our ability recently, but I think for the most part we have put the majority of our guys healthy and on the pitch and brought some guys back into the game. good time and we hope to start Tuesday is fine, ”said Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner.
LeMahieu had two hits to finish with a .364 batting average and became the first player to win undisputed batting titles in the US and National leagues. LeMahieu won the NL batting title with an average of 0.348 for Colorado in 2016. His average was the highest for an AL batting champion since Joe Mauer of Minnesota hit 0.365 in 2009.
“It’s pretty cool. I don’t think it’s really made it back, but it’s really cool, ”said LeMahieu, who missed summer camp recovering from COVID-19 and 10 games with a sprained left thumb last month. “I wish there were more than 162 games. I wish there were fans in the stands, but that’s what it is. I am really proud of it. ”
Ed Delahanty hit .410 for the Philadelphia Phillies to win the NL Championship in 1899. Some scholars give him the 1902 AL Championship at .376, while others accept that Nap Lajoie won that title at .378 despite the absence. appearances required. in more modern times.
LeMahieu became the first Yankee to win the crown at batting since Bernie Williams in 1998. He became only the fourth Yankees player to lead the majors on average at batting after Lou Gehrig in 1934, Joe DiMaggio in 1939 and Mickey Mantle. and 1956.
Luke Voit finished with 22 homers, joining Babe Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Alex Rodriguez as the Yankees to lead the majors in the circuits.
“Not only did he hit a bunch of home runs, but he hit some huge home runs for us and really carried us this year,” said LeMahieu.
LeMahieu and Voit became the first group of teammates to lead the majors in batting and home runs since Hank Aaron (.365) and Eddie Matthews (46 home runs) for the 1959 Milwaukee Braves.
“They have been the pillars of our roster, the cornerstones of our roster and Luke has just put together an incredible season,” said Yankees manager Aaron Boone. “I think both guys deserve to be considered MVPs. ”
Yankees: LHP James Paxton (left forearm) threw on flat ground.
Marlins: Sandy Alcantara, Pablo Lopez and rookie Sixto Sanchez will likely be the three starters in the first round.
Yankees: Gerrit Cole will start game one followed by Masahiro Tanaka and JA Happ or rookie Deivi Garcia.