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Marlins vs. Nationals: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—August 31, 2019

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

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Welcome to Saturday’s Marlins (48-86) vs. Nationals (75-58) game thread.

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Marlins Lineup

  1. SS Jon Berti
  2. RF Harold Ramirez
  3. 2B Starlin Castro
  4. 3B Neil Walker
  5. 1B Garrett Cooper
  6. C Jorge Alfaro
  7. CF Lewis Brinson
  8. LF Austin Dean
  9. SP Pablo López (4.41 ERA, 3.71 FIP, 22.6 K%, 36.2 Hard Hit% in 81.2 IP)

Notes: Despite facing off against Stephen Strasburg, the Marlins are utilizing an overwhelmingly right-handed lineup. Curtis Granderson seems fully on board with the youth movement—he has not started a game since Aug. 21...In a vacuum, nobody would claim that Ryne Stanek is the worst Marlins reliever. However, it’s been a nightmarish first month for him, repeatedly failing in high-leverage situations. As a result, he has accumulated -1.86 Win Probability Added, which ranks dead last among all Marlins this season. In case you missed it, Stanek served up a walk-off single to Anthony Rendon in the series opener...Harold’s next home run will be his 10th, which would allow he and Jorge Alfaro to become the first pair of Colombian MLB teammates ever with double-digit home runs in the same season.

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Nationals Lineup

  1. SS Trea Turner
  2. RF Gerardo Parra
  3. 3B Anthony Rendon
  4. LF Juan Soto
  5. 1B Matt Adams
  6. C Kurt Suzuki
  7. 2B Brian Dozier
  8. CF Víctor Robles
  9. SP Stephen Strasburg (3.63 ERA, 3.30 FIP, 28.8 K%, 33.1 Hard Hit% in 171.0 IP)

Notes: Fernando Rodney—at 42 years young—continues to thrive in his career against the Marlins (0.56 ERA, 0.88 WHIP in 16.0 IP). The rest of Washington’s bullpen has plenty of vulnerable arms, though...Notoriously injury-prone, Strasburg is on pace to make every scheduled start in a season for the first time since 2014.

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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 starting pitcher records more strikeouts? (López/Strasburg)
  2. Over/Under 3.5 Marlins runs? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 0.5 Harold Ramirez RBIs? (Over/Under)
  4. Will Wei-Yin Chen make an appearance? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Marlins/Nationals)