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Marlins vs. Mets: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—August 9, 2020

Pablo López and Jacob deGrom will start Sunday’s Marlins vs. Mets rubber game at Citi Field in Queens. Full lineups and game notes in here.

Miami Marlins v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Welcome to Sunday’s Marlins (7-2) vs. Mets (6-9) 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’ve been thrilled to see so many participants during this first full week of the 2020 season. 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.

Marlins Lineup

  1. DH Jonathan Villar
  2. SS Jon Berti
  3. LF Corey Dickerson
  4. 1B Jesús Aguilar
  5. 3B Brian Anderson
  6. RF Matt Joyce
  7. C Ryan Lavarnway
  8. 2B Eddy Alvarez
  9. CF Monte Harrison

RHP Pablo López (0.00 ERA, 0.20 FIP, 41.2 K%, 20.0 Hard Hit% in 5.0 IP)

Baseball Savant

Notes: Ten games into the regular season, manager Don Mattingly has used ten different batting orders. He also has used different starting pitchers for each Marlins game, but that streak finally ends today with Pablo trying to build upon his lights-out performance against the Orioles five days ago...The universal DH predictably boosted production from No. 9 hitters across the majors. That’s been especially true for the Marlins, who enter this game with a .320/.452/.440 slash line from that spot.

Mets Lineup

  1. CF Brandon Nimmo
  2. LF Jeff McNeil
  3. 1B Pete Alonso
  4. RF Michael Conforto
  5. 3B J.D. Davis
  6. DH Dominic Smith
  7. SS Amed Rosario
  8. 2B Andres Gimenez
  9. C Tomás Nido

RHP Jacob deGrom (2.12 ERA, 1.70 FIP, 35.5 K%, 40.5 Hard Hit% in 17.0 IP)

Baseball Savant

Notes: After winning the NL Cy Young each of the previous two seasons, deGrom is once again in contention for the award. The 32-year-old is somehow throwing harder than ever. There’s only been one hit against his fastball so far in 2020...Conforto put the Mets ahead on Saturday with his second-inning home run and has been the club’s best hitter overall. Fantasy analyst Mike Kurland attributes some of his success to a new batting stance.

How to watch/listen/follow

First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 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.

Fish Picks

Please comment below or tweet to @fishstripes with your picks for the following props. The contest locks at the start of the first game.

  1. Which starting pitcher lasts longer? (López/deGrom)
  2. Over/Under 7.5 total runs scored? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 3:00 time of game? (Over/Under)
  4. Will Brandon Kintzler make an appearance? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Marlins/Mets)