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Marlins vs. Pirates: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—September 3, 2019

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Game preview, lineups, news and props for Marlins vs. Pirates in Pittsburgh.

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Welcome to Tuesday’s Marlins (48-88) vs. Pirates (60-77) game thread.

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Marlins Lineup

  1. CF Jon Berti
  2. SS Miguel Rojas
  3. 3B Starlin Castro
  4. 1B Neil Walker
  5. RF Garrett Cooper
  6. 2B Isan Díaz
  7. LF Harold Ramirez
  8. C Bryan Holaday
  9. SP Sandy Alcantara (4.22 ERA, 4.75 FIP, 17.4 K%, 32.8 Hard Hit% in 155.2 IP)

Notes: Brian Anderson is officially done for the season after being transferred to the 60-day injured list. Today’s wave of September call-ups includes outfielder Magneuris Sierra, left-hander Brian Moran and switch-hitting catcher Tyler Heineman...No Lewis Brinson?! The center fielder has been benched for the first time since his call-up in early August. Brinson is slashing .170/.218/.234 over that span with zero homers, so the decision is more than justified...The Marlins are 8-11 this season following an off day, so slightly more competitive than usual...This series kicks off arguably the “easiest” stretch of the entire Marlins 2019 schedule. After these three games, the club returns home to face the tanking Royals and slumping Brewers, then a visit to the Giants in San Francisco.

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Pirates Lineup

  1. 2B Adam Frazier
  2. LF Bryan Reynolds
  3. CF Starling Marte
  4. 1B Josh Bell
  5. 3B Colin Moran
  6. RF José Osuna
  7. C Jacob Stallings
  8. SS Erik González
  9. SP Mitch Keller (8.62 ERA, 3.92 FIP, 26.8 K%, 41.1 Hard Hit% in 31.1 IP)

Notes: Reynolds is in serious pursuit of the NL batting title. It’s not a hollow batting average, either—the rookie outfielder is slashing .335/.402/.531, perking up to .351/.409/.596 in August...Don’t be fooled by the bloated earned run average. Keller is a consensus top-10 right-handed pitching prospect in baseball and the No. 1 overall Pirates prospect who has thrived at Triple-A this season. There’s a 105-point separation between his expected wOBA (.316) and actual wOBA (.421), the largest of any major leaguer with 100-plus batters faced, suggesting he’s been victimized by lots of bad luck. Keller allowed a career-worst eight earned runs and 11 hits to the Phillies in his latest start.

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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 team scores first? (Marlins/Pirates)
  2. Over/Under 98.2 mph fastest pitch for Sandy Alcantara? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 2:57 time of game? (Over/Under)
  4. Will there be any triples? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Marlins/Pirates)