Welcome to Friday’s Marlins (27-46) vs. Phillies (39-35) game thread.
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- SS Miguel Rojas
- LF Harold Ramírez
- 3B Brian Anderson
- 2B Starlin Castro
- RF César Puello
- CF JT Riddle
- C Bryan Holaday
- 1B Yadiel Rivera
- P Sandy Alcantara (3.73 ERA, 4.20 FIP, 16.7 K%, 30.9 Hard Hit% in 82.0 IP)
Notes: Moderately surprising to see the Marlins place Rule 5 Draft pick Riley Ferrell on outright waivers, as first reported by Jake Kaplan of The Athletic. He hasn’t appeared in a major league game yet, stalled by biceps tendinitis and lat soreness, but the right-hander’s performance on minor league rehab looked promising (0.87 ERA, 0.87 WHIP in 10.1 IP). Getting rid of Ferrell saves some money and the trouble of squeezing him onto the 40-man roster...Jorge Alfaro (head) and Garrett Cooper (left triceps) appear to have avoided significant injuries. Getting at least a few innings off in this series opener, though...Fish Stripes’ own Daniel Toll analyzes the pros and cons of Harold Ramírez’s rookie campaign.
- RF Bryce Harper
- 1B Rhys Hoskins
- LF Jay Bruce
- C J.T. Realmuto
- SS Jean Segura
- 3B Scott Kingery
- 2B César Hernández
- P Aaron Nola (4.89 ERA, 4.51 FIP, 25.1 K%, 41.5 Hard Hit% in 81.0 IP)
- CF Roman Quinn
Notes: The importance of this series for the Phillies cannot be overstated. The club is on an eerily similar trajectory as 2018, problem is that an inflated payroll and the mortgaging of long-term assets have raised expectations. They have lost four straight games and 13 of the last 19, and must begin righting the ship now to re-establish themselves as legitimate contenders...Checking in on our old friend J.T., his slash line so far (.269/.327/.442) is virtually identical to his career production (.278/.327/.442). That’s without even adjusting for his new, hitter-friendly home ballpark conditions...While several Phillies core players are progressing, Nola is a big first-half disappointment. Sharp increases in free passes and barreled balls make for a bad combination.
How to watch/listen/follow
The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET. Watch on FOX Sports Florida and via MLB.TV or listen on 940 WINZ.
Please comment below or tweet to @fishstripes with your picks for the following props. The contest locks at first pitch.
- Which team scores first? (Marlins/Phillies)
- Over/Under 7.5 Marlins hits? (Over/Under)
- Over/Under 2:53 time of game? (Over/Under)
- Which shortstop records more total bases? (Rojas/Segura)
- Who wins? (Marlins/Phillies)