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Marlins vs. Pirates: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—June 16, 2019

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

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Welcome to Sunday’s Marlins (25-43) vs. Pirates (31-39) game thread.

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Pirates Lineup

  1. SS Kevin Newman
  2. CF Bryan Reynolds
  3. LF Melky Cabrera
  4. 1B Josh Bell
  5. 2B Colin Moran
  6. RF Gregory Polanco
  7. 3B Jung Ho Kang
  8. C Jacob Stallings
  9. P Chris Archer (5.73 ERA, 6.17 FIP, 23.0 K%, 41.0 Hard Hit% in 59.2 IP)

Notes: Gregory Polanco suffered a season-ending injury against the Marlins while sliding on a wet field last September. It required surgery that delayed the start of his 2019 campaign. Polanco hasn’t fully returned to form, slashing .242/.302/.423 with a 29.4% strikeout rate...I think it’s gone under-publicized just how poorly the Archer trade is working out for the Bucs. He was more or less an average starter down the stretch in 2018, but he has continued trending in the wrong direction. No National League pitcher has surrendered more homers this season than the slender right-hander (16 HR).

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Marlins Lineup

  1. RF Rosell Herrera
  2. 1B Garrett Cooper
  3. 3B Brian Anderson
  4. 2B Starlin Castro
  5. LF Harold Ramírez
  6. CF JT Riddle
  7. SS Miguel Rojas
  8. C Bryan Holaday
  9. P Sandy Alcantara (3.67 ERA, 4.37 FIP, 16.3 K%, 30.6 Hard Hit% in 76.0 IP)

Notes: Aside from Jordan Yamamoto’s electrifying MLB debut, it’s been a rather disappointing homestand for the Fish. They have a 2-6 record entering this finale...Alcantara aims to lead them back onto the road with some momentum. In the process, he can retake the team lead in innings pitched and batters faced (Trevor Richards is slightly ahead of him in both)...Lots of news from Christian Cevallos in our weekly roundup, most notably about Caleb Smith beginning a throwing program and being on track to rejoin the rotation prior to the All-Star break.

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How to watch/listen/follow

The game gets underway at 1:10 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? (Archer/Alcantara)
  2. Over/Under 8.5 Marlins hits? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 10,250 announced attendance? (Over/Under)
  4. Will Bryan Holaday reach base safely? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Pirates/Marlins)