Welcome to Tuesday’s Marlins vs. Braves game thread. This mercifully ends a 130-day drought without televised Marlins baseball. The Fish have flown north to Atlanta for two tune-ups games before the real action gets underway in Philadelphia on Friday night.
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- CF Jonathan Villar
- 3B Brian Anderson
- LF Corey Dickerson
- 1B Jesús Aguilar
- DH Garrett Cooper
- RF Harold Ramírez
- 2B Isan Díaz
- C Jorge Alfaro
- SS Miguel Rojas
P José Ureña (2019 stats: 5.21 ERA, 4.74 FIP, 16.8 K%, 37.6 Hard Hit% in 84.2 IP)
Notes: Ureña’s simplified delivery and breaking ball adjustments could result in a bounce-back season, the Marlins believe. Coincidentally, the veteran right-hander started the team’s final televised spring training game before the COVID-19 shutdown and now gets the assignment for their first exhibition back on the air...The Marlins brought 43 players with them on the flight up from Miami, most of whom will be part of the Opening Day roster. As Craig Mish reported on Monday, outfielder Monte Harrison won’t make the cut. Ethan Budowsky shared his reaction to the surprising news.
- RF Ronald Acuña Jr.
- 2B Ozzie Albies
- 1B Freddie Freeman
- LF Marcell Ozuna
- DH Matt Adams
- CF Ender Inciarte
- 3B Austin Riley
- SS Dansby Swanson
- C Tyler Flowers
P Mike Foltynewicz (2019 stats: 4.54 ERA, 4.91 FIP, 21.4 K%, 37.2 Hard Hit% in 117.0 IP)
Notes: Foltynewicz will open the regular season fourth in the Braves rotation order. He’s coming off a turbulent 2019 that included a bone spur in his elbow and a demotion to Triple-A, but he finished on a high note. At his best, Folty possesses a great fastball/slider combination...It’s been nearly two full years since Acuña was intentionally hit by Ureña. All water under the bridge now...right? In all seriousness, on-field confrontations are strictly prohibited this year (COVID-19 related health precaution).
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 hits the first home run? (Marlins/Braves)
- Over/Under 8.5 total runs scored? (Over/Under)
- Over/Under 4.5 José Ureña strikeouts? (Over/Under)
- Who wins? (Marlins/Braves)