Welcome to Saturday’s Braves (69-49) vs. Marlins (43-72) game thread.
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- RF Ronald Acuña Jr.
- 2B Ozzie Albies
- 1B Freddie Freeman
- 3B Josh Donaldson
- C Brian McCann
- LF Adam Duvall
- CF Ender Inciarte
- SS Charlie Culberson
- P Mike Soroka (2.45 ERA, 3.26 FIP, 19.8 K%, 34.3 Hard Hit% in 121.0 IP)
Notes: Acuña has strong numbers against practically every Marlins pitcher, but not Sandy Alcantara (at least not yet). The emerging NL MVP candidate lined out and reached on an error—0-for-2—during their only previous matchup in April...The Braves had an extraordinary wave of pitching prospects emerge over the past couple seasons. Among that group, only Soroka has fully established himself as a long-term building block. The Canadian right-hander ranks top 10 in the National League in ERA, FIP and WHIP this year.
- 2B Isan Díaz
- 3B Starlin Castro
- RF Brian Anderson
- 1B Garrett Cooper
- LF Harold Ramírez
- CF Lewis Brinson
- C Bryan Holaday
- SS Deven Marrero
- P Sandy Alcantara (4.50 ERA, 5.01 FIP, 16.6 K%, 33.5 Hard Hit% in 128.0 IP)
Notes: Wei-Yin Chen is unavailable for the rest of the weekend after eating three perfect(!) innings out of the bullpen on Friday. I’d venture a guess that we will see Ryne Stanek appear in this one—his only other Marlins appearance came in New York four days ago...Marrero makes his first-ever start for his hometown team. Seems to be pretty fired up about it!
Wishing outfield prospect Monte Harrison a happy 24th birthday. He was one of our favorite podcast guests of the season. Harrison is currently recovering from a wrist injury.
How to watch/listen/follow
The game gets underway at 6:10 p.m. ET. Watch on FOX Sports Florida and via MLB.TV or listen on 940 WINZ.
Saturday’s credentialed Fish Stripes writer is Daniel Toll (@DanielToll2002). Our photographer is Danis Sosa (@dsosaphotography).
Please comment below or tweet to @fishstripes with your picks for the following props. The contest locks at first pitch.
- Which team uses more relief pitchers? (Braves/Marlins)
- Over/Under 16.5 total strikeouts? (Over/Under)
- Over/Under 2:53 time of game? (Over/Under)
- Will there be any runs scored in the 7th inning? (Yes/No)
- Who wins? (Braves/Marlins)