Welcome to Saturday’s Marlins (7-1) vs. Mets (5-9) game thread. These teams will play their entire season series against one another over the next three weeks (10 games in 20 days).
Fish Picks is BACK and better than ever! Our free-to-play daily prop bets contest is open to all fans. I was thrilled to see so many participants during the season-opening series against the Phillies. Courtesy of a new Fish Stripes partnership with Fantom Drip, weekly points leaders will win their choice of a Marlins face covering (five different varieties available). First winner to be selected based on July 24-August 9 point totals.
The Fish Picks leaderboard will update daily to let you know where you stand.
- SS Jonathan Villar
- 2B Jon Berti
- 1B Jesús Aguilar
- LF Corey Dickerson
- 3B Brian Anderson
- C Francisco Cervelli
- RF Lewis Brinson
- DH Logan Forsythe
- CF Monte Harrison
LHP Dan Castano (2019 Double-A stats: 3.35 ERA, 2.53 FIP, 20.7 K% in 86.0 IP)
DANIEL CASTANO HYPE VIDEO— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) August 8, 2020
The Marlins ride with the Italian Stallion tonight!
Good luck to the big lefty in his MLB debut. pic.twitter.com/uwyyakr97V
Notes: Castano—aka “Italian Stallion”—is set to become the ninth player to make his MLB debut with the Marlins during this surreal 2020 regular season; for perspective, 10 players made debuts for last season’s club. He joins Sandy Alcantara, Zac Gallen and Magneuris Sierra as prospects received from the Cardinals in the Marcell Ozuna trade who have gone on to contribute for the Fish in the big leagues (Gallen has since been traded for shortstop Jazz Chisholm)...The Marlins bullpen was decimated by the COVID-19 outbreak. The low-profile relievers that they’ve brought up recently are understandably being lauded for performing well, improving the ‘pen’s ERA to 2.97 for the season. I’d just advise you to temper expectations moving forward—that 4.90 FIP screams regression.
- SS Amed Rosario
- LF Jeff McNeil
- 3B J.D. Davis
- DH Pete Alonso
- RF Michael Conforto
- C Wilson Ramos
- 1B Dominic Smith
- 2B Brian Dozier
- CF Billy Hamilton
P David Peterson (3.86 ERA, 3.00 FIP, 23.4 K%, 24.2 Hard Hit% in 11.2 IP)
Notes: The Mets have been held to three runs or fewer in five of their last six games.
With Daniel Castano set to pitch tonight for the Marlins, this is the first time in history the Mets will play consecutive games against a starter making his MLB debut (per Elias Sports Bureau).— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) August 8, 2020
How to watch/listen/follow
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 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 team scores the last run of the game? (Marlins/Mets)
- Over/Under 17.5 total strikeouts (Over/Under)
- Over/Under 1.5 Marlins home runs? (Over/Under)
- Will Jesús Aguilar get a hit? (Yes/No)
- Who wins? (Marlins/Mets)