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Marlins Barbecue Episode 10: First-place showdown on deck

Ely and Alex talk about Pablo, Sandy, BA, Cervelli and the bullpen and look forward to this weekend’s series against the Braves.

MLB: AUG 12 Marlins at Blue Jays Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Ely Sussman fills in as a BBQ co-host alongside Alex Contreras. They touch on all the key storylines from the grueling Marlins road trip, the status of ace Sandy Alcantara and the critical three-game series beginning Friday night at Marlins Park between the Fish and Braves.

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As our own Hector Rodriguez reported on Thursday, Alcantara is set to resume baseball activities at the club’s alternate training site after consecutive negative COVID-19 tests.

In the meantime, the Marlins pitching staff is in disarray. Mike Morin is expected to join Richard Bleier on the injured list. Pablo López will take the mound Friday night. Beyond him, young right-hander Humberto Mejía is a strong candidate to start one of this weekend’s games.

Although there won’t be fans permitted at the ballpark, Fish Stripes is thrilled to be able to provide in-person coverage (Alex Contreras on Friday and Alex Krutchik on Saturday).

The Fish Stripes podcast is home to Miami Marlins shows Fish Bites, Earning Their Stripes and Marlins Barbecue. All new episodes are posted to You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, Megaphone or wherever you normally get your pods from.

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