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Marlins vs. Braves: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—August 22, 2019

Game preview, lineups, news and props for Marlins vs. Braves in Atlanta.

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Welcome to Thursday’s Marlins (45-80) vs. Braves (76-52) game thread.

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Marlins Lineup

  1. SS Jon Berti
  2. 2B Isan Díaz
  3. RF Brian Anderson
  4. 1B Neil Walker
  5. 3B Starlin Castro
  6. LF Harold Ramirez
  7. CF Lewis Brinson
  8. C Bryan Holaday
  9. SP Sandy Alcantara (4.35 ERA, 4.92 FIP, 16.4 K%, 33.5 Hard Hit% in 142.2 IP)

Notes: There have been a few encouraging stretches, but generally speaking, the Marlins are a pathetic offensive team. Wednesday’s loss marked the 18th time that they’ve been held scoreless in 2019. That matches the 2013 Marlins for most times being shut out in franchise history...One likely September reinforcement will be Austin Dean. Even adjusting for the hitter-friendly conditions in the Pacific Coast League, he is putting up elite numbers while getting more reps at first base.

We could conceivably see the Marlins put a pending free agent like Neil Walker on waivers to create substantial playing time for Dean in the majors.

Braves Lineup

  1. CF Ronald Acuña Jr.
  2. 2B Ozzie Albies
  3. 1B Freddie Freeman
  4. 3B Josh Donaldson
  5. RF Matt Joyce
  6. SS Adeiny Hechavarría
  7. LF Rafael Ortega
  8. C Tyler Flowers
  9. SP Mike Soroka (2.41 ERA, 3.29 FIP, 19.7 K%, 36.4 Hard Hit% in 134.2 IP)

Notes: The head-to-head matchups between these teams mercifully come to an end after tonight, with the Braves leading the season series, 14-4 (plus-32 run differential)...Soroka has been one of the many thorns in the Marlins’ side—one earned run allowed in 22 total innings pitched against them in 2019.

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How to watch/listen/follow

The game gets underway at 7:20 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? (Alcantara/Soroka)
  2. Over/Under 15.5 total hits? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 0.5 total hit by pitches? (Over/Under)
  4. Will the Marlins hit at least one home run? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Marlins/Braves)