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Marlins vs. Nationals: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—July 2, 2019

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

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Welcome to Tuesday’s Marlins (32-50) vs. Nationals (42-41) game thread.

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Nationals Lineup

  1. SS Trea Turner
  2. RF Adam Eaton
  3. 3B Anthony Rendon
  4. LF Juan Soto
  5. 2B Howie Kendrick
  6. 1B Ryan Zimmerman
  7. CF Víctor Robles
  8. C Yan Gomes
  9. P Patrick Corbin (3.71 ERA, 3.73 FIP, 27.2 K%, 40.5 Hard Hit% in 99.1 IP)

Notes: Longtime Marlins killer Ryan Zimmerman just returned from a lengthy stint on the injured list. Limited to 94 plate appearances this season, he owns a lowly .207/.298/.354 slash line (70 wRC+), more or less replacement-level production. So of course, count on him to pile up 10 RBIs this series, because baseball...During his first summer in DC, Corbin is already tormenting the Fish. He followed up a complete-game victory in May with seven strong innings of work when these teams met last week.

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Marlins Lineup

  1. SS Miguel Rojas
  2. LF Harold Ramírez
  3. 1B Garrett Cooper
  4. RF Brian Anderson
  5. 2B Starlin Castro
  6. 3B Neil Walker
  7. C Jorge Alfaro
  8. CF César Puello
  9. P Zac Gallen (3.60 ERA, 1.61 FIP, 32.6 K%, 44.0 Hard Hit% in 10.0 IP)

Notes: The Marlins entered the new international amateur signing period this morning with a $5,939,800 bonus pool. Nearly all of that has been spent, per multiple reports, notably on shortstops José Salas ($2.8 million), Junior Sánchez ($1.15 million) and Ian Lewis ($950,000).

Photo by @JesseSanchezMLB/Twitter

They also inked Dominican right-handed pitcher Eury Pérez and shortstop Miguel Rodriguez, Panamanian right-handed pitcher José Bazan and outfielder Germain Ruiz, and Venezuelan right-handed pitchers Jean Reyes and Cristian Millán, outfielder Renny Hidalgo—son of former major leaguer Richard Hidalgo—and shortstop Javier Sanoja.

When the club traded for César Puello, they envisioned him as an offensive upgrade over their current reserve outfielders. So far, that hasn’t been the case (0 XBH, .442 OPS in 24 PA). This figures to be an important road trip for him to justify an active roster spot moving forward.

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.

Fish Picks

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

  1. Which team scores first? (Marlins/Nationals)
  2. Over/Under 8.5 total runs scored? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 6.5 Zac Gallen strikeouts? (Over/Under)
  4. Will Jorge Alfaro get a hit? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Marlins/Nationals)