Welcome to Thursday’s Marlins (19-19) vs. Phillies (21-18) game thread. It’s the start of a series that has enormous repercussions for both of these division rivals. Make some time to listen to the in-depth preview that I recorded with Alex Carr of The Good Phight.
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- LF Andrew McCutchen
- 1B Rhys Hoskins
- RF Bryce Harper
- C J.T. Realmuto
- SS Didi Gregorius
- 2B Jean Segura
- DH Andrew Knapp
- 3B Alec Bohm
- CF Adam Haseley
P Jake Arrieta (5.67 ERA, 4.62 FIP, 18.1 K%, 39.2 Hard Hit% in 33.1 IP)
Notes: Hoskins is having an uneven yet excellent season. After a frustrating power outage that extended into late August, he has mashed eight home runs over his last 15 games...His overall stats won’t wow you, but Bohm has already shown his poise in high-leverage situations. The rookie leads all Phillies in Win Probability Added in 2020 (1.43 WPA).
- LF Corey Dickerson
- CF Starling Marte
- 1B Jesús Aguilar
- RF Matt Joyce
- 3B Brian Anderson
- DH Garrett Cooper
- SS Miguel Rojas
- 2B Jazz Chisholm
- C Jorge Alfaro
P Sandy Alcantara (3.78 ERA, 4.92 FIP, 24.3 K%, 40.0 Hard Hit% in 16.2 IP)
Notes: Isan Díaz is back on the active roster! Presumably available off the bench in this contest after the Marlins determined that Jon Berti needed a trip to the 10-day IL to fully recover from his hand injury. Daniel Castano and Brett Eibner give the Fish some fresh arms, replacing Jordan Yamamoto and Alex Vesia...Alcantara has a 2.51 earned run average in his five career starts against the Phillies, most recently stifling them on Opening Day...Chisholm solidified his spot on the active roster with a big offensive night on Wednesday, particularly rare for a 22-year-old.
How to watch/listen/follow
The first pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. ET. Watch on FOX Sports Florida or 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 starting pitcher lasts longer? (Arrieta/Alcantara)
- Over/Under 9.5 Marlins hits? (Over/Under)
- Over/Under 98.8 mph for Alcantara’s fastest pitch? (Over/Under)
- Will there be any runs scored in the fourth inning? (Yes/No)
- Who wins? (Phillies/Marlins)