Through the years, Fish Stripes has hosted a “game within the game” during the Marlins regular season. Gives us a distraction from low-quality baseball, presenting an opportunity to win even when the team gets blown out.
The concept will survive into 2019, but under a new name and format. Icthyomancy is out, “Fish Picks” is in.
I posted the full introduction toward the end of Spring Training.
The Grapefruit League prop bets were just for fun (congrats to Twitter user @dee_marlins). That changes now—the monthly points leader for March/April, May, June, etc. wins Fish Stripes merchandise prizes.
The Fish Picks leaderboard will update daily to let you know where you stand.
- RF Charlie Blackmon
- 1B Daniel Murphy
- 3B Nolan Arenado
- SS Trevor Story
- LF David Dahl
- CF Ian Desmond
- 2B Ryan McMahon
- C Tony Wolters
- P German Márquez
Notes: Márquez ranked fourth in the National League with 230 strikeouts last season. He was particularly good down the stretch en route to winning NL Pitcher of the Month for September.
- LF Curtis Granderson
- 3B Brian Anderson
- 1B Neil Walker
- 2B Starlin Castro
- RF Garrett Cooper
- SS JT Riddle
- C Jorge Alfaro
- CF Lewis Brinson
- P Trevor Richards
Notes: Brinson plummets all the way from Opening Day leadoff hitter to the No. 8 spot with a right-hander on the mound. In fact, Don Mattingly tinkered with every spot of the lineup aside from keeping Anderson in the No. 2 spot...Watch out for Richards’ pitch mix—the nasty changeup is back, but he’ll be trying to incorporate a new curveball and cutter as reliable weapons.
How to watch/listen/follow
The Marlins seek their first win beginning at 7:10 p.m. ET. Watch on FOX Sports Florida and via MLB.TV or listen on 940 WINZ.
Friday’s credentialed Fish Stripes writer is Alex Krutchik (@AlexKrutchikFS).
Please comment below or tweet to @fishstripes with your picks for the following props. The contest locks at first pitch.
- Which team scores first? (Rockies/Marlins)
- Over/Under 6.5 strikeouts for Trevor Richards (Over/Under)
- Over/Under 7.5 total runs scored? (Over/Under)
- Which starter lasts longer? (Márquez/Richards)
- Who wins? (Rockies/Marlins)