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

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

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Welcome to Tuesday’s Marlins (30-46) vs. Nationals (37-40) game thread.

Throughout the 2019 season, Fish Stripes is your home for daily Fish Picks prop bets. The monthly points leader for June, July, etc. wins Fish Stripes merchandise prizes. The best seller in our store: Caleb “KKKKKKKaleb” Smith shirts!

The Fish Picks leaderboard will update daily to let you know where you stand.

Nationals Lineup

  1. SS Trea Turner
  2. RF Adam Eaton
  3. 3B Anthony Rendon
  4. LF Juan Soto
  5. 1B Howie Kendrick
  6. C Kurt Suzuki
  7. 2B Brian Dozier
  8. CF Víctor Robles
  9. P Max Scherzer (2.62 ERA, 2.20 FIP, 33.8 K%, 37.7 Hard Hit% in 106.1 IP)

Notes: The Nationals bullpen has been inept this season, although slightly better in June to prevent the train from flying entirely off the rails. Big-name/over-the-hill reinforcements Fernando Rodney and Jonny Venters are new to the roster, picked up off the scrap heap after being cut loose by the Athletics and Braves, respectively...With all due respect to those guys, Scherzer’s job is to keep the ball away from them. The three-time Cy Young award winner is on pace for another special campaign. Road games don’t phase him—he has 66 strikeouts and just seven walks in 45 23 innings pitched away from Nationals Park.

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Marlins Lineup

  1. SS Miguel Rojas
  2. RF Garrett Cooper
  3. 3B Brian Anderson
  4. 2B Starlin Castro
  5. 1B Neil Walker
  6. LF Curtis Granderson
  7. CF JT Riddle
  8. C Wilkin Castillo
  9. P Trevor Richards (3.54 ERA, 4.36 FIP, 21.8 K%, 34.9 Hard Hit% in 84.0 IP)

Notes: Welcome back, Neil Walker. The veteran infielder was quietly having a good season (.295/.375/.443, 122 wRC+, 0.7 fWAR) prior to suffering a quad strain in late May. Should Walker provide a similar level of performance over the next month, he figures to draw interest from contending teams at the July 31 trade deadline. Right-hander Jeff Brigham was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans in a corresponding roster move...As you may have noticed, the Marlins were quite competitive on the field even without Walker’s production. They kick off this homestand as winners of four straight games, showing real indications of a rebuilding franchise that’s turning the corner. Shout out radio broadcaster Glenn Geffner for sparking a thoughtful, cross-platform discussion about the value of a home crowd and the factors that influence whether fans show up to the ballpark or not.

With five days’ rest, there is a decent chance that Adam Conley makes an appearance tonight. I identified several issues that partially explain why he has struggled so severely in 2019.

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.

Tuesday’s credentialed Fish Stripes writer is Brandon Liguori (@BrandonRLiguori).

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? (Scherzer/Richards)
  2. Over/Under 3.5 Marlins runs? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 2:50 time of game? (Over/Under)
  4. Will Neil Walker reach base safely? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Nationals/Marlins)