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9/30/18 Probable Starters
|JT Riddle - SS||Jose Reyes - SS|
|Starlin Castro - 2B||Jeff McNeil - 2B|
|Derek Dietrich - 3B||Michael Conforto - RF|
|Peter O'Brien - 1B||Jay Bruce - 1B|
|Lewis Brinson - CF||Todd Frazier - 3B|
|Isaac Galloway - LF||Dominic Smith - LF|
|Chad Wallach - C||Austin Jackson - CF|
|Sandy Alcantara - RHP||Tomas Nido - C|
|Magneuris Sierra - RF||Noah Syndergaard - RHP|
Let’s play one more game. Believe it or not, the result matters:
Coming into the season, the Marlins and Tigers both had "nothing to play for."— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) September 30, 2018
But today, they fight for 2019 draft position. Marlins lock up No. 4 spot with a loss (Tigers would stay at No. 5). They switch places if Marlins win AND Tigers lose.
Out of respect to the All-Star catcher, Don Mattingly is handing his managerial duties to J.T. Realmuto. It continues Mattingly’s tradition of utilizing “player coaches” in the season finale.
- 2016: manager Martín Prado
2017: manager A.J. Ellis, bench coach Martín Prado, pitching coach Odrisamer Despaigne
- 2018: manager J.T. Realmuto
The gesture also assists the tanking effort—the Marlins have a 11-30 record this season when Realmuto doesn’t start (though he has the option of inserting himself as a pinch-hitter).
Off the field, we have a promising development regarding outfielder Víctor Víctor Mesa, the club’s No. 1 target in international free agency:
Two International Directors think the Mesas are a done deal to Miami https://t.co/DMRU62nk7I— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) September 30, 2018
Some individual accomplishments to watch for on Sunday:
- Lewis Brinson can lift his batting average back above .200 with at least two hits
- The race for the team lead in total bases between Starlin Castro (237) and Brian Anderson (236) comes down to the wire
Final first pitch of 2018 at 3:10 p.m.
Thread Question: What kind of offseason coverage do you want to see from Fish Stripes?