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Marlins vs. Braves: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—May 3, 2019

Game preview, lineups, news and props for Marlins vs. Braves in Miami.

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Braves Lineup

  1. 2B Ozzie Albies
  2. 3B Josh Donaldson
  3. 1B Freddie Freeman
  4. LF Ronald Acuña Jr.
  5. RF Nick Markakis
  6. SS Dansby Swanson
  7. C Brian McCann
  8. CF Ender Inciarte
  9. P Kevin Gausman (4.80 ERA, 4.08 FIP, 27.5 K%, 32.5 Hard Hit% in 30.0 IP)

Notes: As you could’ve guessed from the win-loss record, the 2019 Braves season is not going according to plan. The reigning NL East champs have a deep lineup, but injury-depleted bullpen and revolving door at the back end of their rotation (nine total starters used)...Our sister site Beyond the Box Score points out how much pressure the division rivals feel to beat up on the Marlins at every opportunity...Acuña was in the midst of a torrid hot streak when these teams met last August, and we all remember how José Ureña (mis)handled that. Five Reasons Sports Network host Craig Mish reports that the umpires will officiate this game with a clean slate, rather than issue warnings beforehand.

Marlins Lineup

  1. LF Curtis Granderson
  2. SS Miguel Rojas
  3. RF Brian Anderson
  4. 2B Starlin Castro
  5. 1B Martín Prado
  6. C Jorge Alfaro
  7. 3B Jon Berti
  8. CF Rosell Herrera
  9. P José Ureña (5.08 ERA, 4.45 FIP, 16.7 K%, 42.6 Hard Hit% in 33.2 IP)

Notes: Hitting coach Mike Pagliarulo took the fall for the Marlins’ slow start at the plate, and now, Chip Bowers follows him out the door for shortcomings on the business side. What separates this personnel change from so many others under new ownership? Bowers was hired by the Derek Jeter and Co. barely one year ago, lauded for his impressive track record with other sports franchises. We will have more of the context for this decision when Jeter addresses the media shortly...Right-hander Austin Brice is back from the injured list, replacing Jarlin García in the ‘pen...Berti is starting every day by default while Neil Walker continues to deal with a nagging bone bruise. The one exceptional aspect of his game? Sprint Speed.

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How to watch/listen/follow

The game gets underway 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).

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? (Gausman/Ureña)
  2. Over/Under 3.5 Marlins runs? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 95.5 pitches for José Ureña? (Over/Under)
  4. Will Jorge Alfaro reach base safely? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Braves/Marlins)