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Marlins vs. Nationals: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—May 25, 2019

Game preview, lineups, news and props for Marlins vs. Nats in Washington, D.C.

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Welcome to Saturday’s Marlins (16-32) vs. Nationals (20-31) game thread.

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Marlins Lineup

  1. LF Austin Dean
  2. RF Garrett Cooper
  3. 3B Brian Anderson
  4. 2B Starlin Castro
  5. CF Harold Ramírez
  6. 1B Martín Prado
  7. SS Miguel Rojas
  8. C Bryan Holaday
  9. P Sandy Alcantara (4.25 ERA, 4.61 FIP, 15.9 K%, 29.5 Hard Hit% in 53.0 IP)

Notes: The Marlins kicked off this series with arguably their best offensive game of 2019...and still lost...and still don’t have any triples as a team. It’s hard to fathom that as we close in on the Memorial Day checkpoint of the season...I am personally skeptical of Garrett Cooper becoming anything more than a replacement-level player, but can understand why he’s playing so frequently given the outfield alternatives. One very encouraging sign: he’s crushing the ball in the air. Coop’s 97.9 mph average exit velocity on fly balls and line drives ranks among MLB’s best, in between Nelson Cruz and Shohei Ohtani on the Baseball Savant leaderboard.

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Nationals Lineup

  1. SS Trea Turner
  2. RF Adam Eaton
  3. 3B Anthony Rendon
  4. LF Juan Soto
  5. 1B Matt Adams
  6. 2B Brian Dozier
  7. CF Víctor Robles
  8. C Yan Gomes
  9. P Patrick Corbin (3.25 ERA, 3.41 FIP, 29.2 K%, 44.7 Hard Hit% in 63.2 IP)

Notes: Exact same lineup as Friday night...Entering this series, Marlins pitching had done a fairly decent job of containing the ultra-talented Soto. However, his big performance—punctuated by a go-ahead, three-run home run—elevated his career splits against them to .267/.376/.500, comparable to his .286/.397/.510 overall slash line in the majors.

How to watch/listen/follow

The game gets underway at 4:05 p.m. ET. Watch on FOX Sports Florida and via MLB.TV or listen on 940 WINZ.

Fish Picks

Please comment below or tweet to @fishstripes with your picks for the following props. The contest locks at first pitch.

  1. Which starting pitcher lasts longer? (Alcantara/Corbin)
  2. Over/Under 1.5 double plays by Marlins defense? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 2:56 time of game? (Over/Under)
  4. Will Austin Dean play the complete game? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Marlins/Nationals)