Afternoon playoff baseball at Wrigley Field? Yes please!

The Cubs begin their Wild Card round series against the Marlins today at 1 p.m. with Kyle Hendricks making the Game 1 start on the north side. The Cubs released their 28-man roster for the opening round of the postseason and there was at least one mild surprise.

We knew that pitching prospect Brailyn Marquez wasn’t going to make it onto the playoff roster after his rough debut Sunday, but the Cubs also left off right-handed reliever Duane Underwood Jr.

Instead the Cubs opted to add a third catcher in Josh Phegley and activated switch-hitting infielder Ildemaro Vargas from the injured list.

Wednesday’s lineup features lots of lefties for David Ross and it makes sense as Marlins’ starter Sandy Alcántara struggles vs. LHB.

So, that means Jason Kipnis is getting the start at second, while Victor Caratini is the DH.

And today’s conditions at Wrigley should favor the Cubs, as the wind is going to be howling out to right field early on.

But the key word is early because the forecast projects the wind to change direction during the game.

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