Welcome to Wednesday’s Marlins (7-4) vs. Blue Jays (6-8) game thread. The Canadian government denied the Blue Jays permission to play the 2020 season at their regular home ballpark, Rogers Centre. Beginning with this series, they’ll be moving those games to the Triple-A venue Sahlen Field in Buffalo, NY.
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- SS Jonathan Villar
- 1B Jesús Aguilar
- LF Corey Dickerson
- DH Matt Joyce
- 3B Brian Anderson
- C Francisco Cervelli
- 2B Eddy Alvarez
- RF Jon Berti
- CF Magneuris Sierra
P Jordan Yamamoto (2019 stats: 4.46 ERA, 4.51 FIP, 25.2 K%, 38.8 Hard Hit% in 78.2 IP)
Notes: Don Mattingly curiously did not use Brandon Kintzler in the late innings on Tuesday, giving him a fifth consecutive day off. Safe to assume that, save situation or otherwise, Kintzler will get some work in this contest...The Marlins are a perfect 4-0 this season when Sierra is in the starting lineup. On the other hand, Aguilar has been a fixture in the heart of the order since spring training. Ernesto Herrero explores several of the factors fueling his success.
Blue Jays Lineup
- 2B Cavan Biggio
- SS Bo Bichette
- 3B Travis Shaw
- RF Teoscar Hernández
- LF Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
- 1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
- CF Randal Grichuk
- DH Rowdy Tellez
- C Danny Jansen
P Nate Pearson (2.70 ERA, 3.83 FIP, 25.6 K%, 41.7 Hard Hit% in 10.0 IP)
Notes: Only lineup change for the Blue Jays is Tellez getting the nod in place of Joe Panik...Pearson reached the big leagues a few weeks ago with huge hype. The way his fastball lights up the radar gun and his slider plunges below the strike zone, it’s already apparent that he belongs. The fortunate break for the Marlins is that Toronto is being cautious with his workload—he’s been limited to 75 and 79 pitches in his first two outings....Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic has more about the rushed makeover process that brought Sahlen Field up to MLB standards.
How to watch/listen/follow
First pitch is scheduled for 6:37 p.m. ET. Watch on FOX Sports Florida and via MLB.TV or listen on 940 WINZ. All Marlins team broadcasters will remain in South Florida, calling the game remotely.
Please comment below or tweet to @fishstripes with your picks for the following props. The contest locks at the start of the first game.
- Which starting pitcher lasts longer? (Yamamoto/Pearson)
- Over/Under 8.5 total runs scored? (Over/Under)
- Over/Under 0.5 hit by pitches? (Over/Under)
- Will there be a save recorded? (Yes/No)
- Who wins? (Marlins/Blue Jays)