Welcome to Friday’s Marlins (50-89) vs. Royals (51-90) game thread.
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- 2B Whit Merrifield
- SS Adalberto Mondesi
- RF Jorge Soler
- 3B Hunter Dozier
- LF Alex Gordon
- 1B Ryan O’Hearn
- C Meibrys Viloria
- CF Brett Phillips
- SP Jorge López (6.61 ERA, 5.54 FIP, 21.6 K%, 41.8 Hard Hit% in 98.0 IP)
Notes: Soler recently became the first-ever Royals player to reach 40 home runs in a season. His average homer distance is 413 feet, so don’t expect him to be phased by Marlins Park’s dimensions...Not to be confused with Pablo, the Puerto Rican right-hander Jorge López is struggling in Kansas City’s rotation. That’s being driven largely by left-handed batters (.332/.395/.587 with 12 HR against him).
- SS Jon Berti
- 2B Isan Díaz
- 3B Starlin Castro
- 1B Neil Walker
- LF Austin Dean
- CF Magneuris Sierra
- RF Lewis Brinson
- C Bryan Holaday
- SP Pablo López (4.89 ERA, 4.20 FIP, 21.9 K%, 36.7 Hard Hit% in 84.2 IP)
Notes: Please join us in wishing Harold Ramirez a happy 25th birthday! He’ll get at least a partial game off to celebrate it...Brinson has played in 185 career MLB games, but this will be his first in right field. Worth noting that he spent 27 games there with Triple-A New Orleans earlier in the summer and didn’t commit a single error...Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic (subscription required) further details the backstory and significance of Thursday’s Moran brothers matchup...To fans attending any games during this homestand, please consider bringing donations for Hurricane Dorian relief. Our own Daniel Smith has more on that and other Marlins storylines.
How to watch/listen/follow
The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET. Watch on FOX Sports Florida and via MLB.TV or listen on 940 WINZ.
Please comment below or tweet to @fishstripes with your picks for the following props. The contest locks at first pitch.
- Which team scores first? (Royals/Marlins)
- Over/Under 5.5 Pablo López strikeouts? (Over/Under)
- Over/Under 8,499 attendance? (Over/Under)
- Will Austin Dean play the complete game? (Yes/No)
- Who wins? (Royals/Marlins)