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Marlins vs. Red Sox: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—September 17, 2020

José Ureña and Nathan Eovaldi will start Thursday’s series finale at Marlins Park in Miami. Full game preview and lineups in here.

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Boston Red Sox v Miami Marlins Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Welcome to Thursday’s Marlins (25-22) vs. Red Sox (18-32) game thread. The Marlins’ magic number for clinching a postseason berth is 9.

Fish Picks is BACK and better than ever! Our free-to-play daily prop bets contest is open to all fans. 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) or the exclusive Fish Stripes design. The 2020 full-season points leader gets their pick of two new Marlins-themed t-shirts.

The Fish Picks leaderboard will update daily to let you know where you stand.

Red Sox Lineup

  1. RF Alex Verdugo
  2. 3B Rafael Devers
  3. SS Xander Bogaerts
  4. DH J.D. Martinez
  5. C Kevin Plawecki
  6. CF Jackie Bradley Jr.
  7. LF Yairo Muñoz
  8. 1B Bobby Dalbec
  9. 2B Christian Arroyo

P Nathan Eovaldi (4.82 ERA, 4.72 FIP, 23.6 K%, 41.4 Hard Hit% in 37.1 IP)

Baseball Savant

Notes: The former Fish fireballer Eovaldi has made only two starts at Marlins Park since being traded six years ago. He continues to light up the radar gun, but surrenders a lot of quality contact.

Marlins Lineup

  1. LF Corey Dickerson
  2. CF Starling Marte
  3. 1B Jesús Aguilar
  4. RF Matt Joyce
  5. 3B Brian Anderson
  6. DH Garrett Cooper
  7. SS Miguel Rojas
  8. 2B Jazz Chisholm
  9. C Chad Wallach

P José Ureña

Notes: Wednesday’s wire-to-wire win allowed the Marlins to give Dickerson, Joyce and Marte a rest heading into this series finale. Now it is Jorge Alfaro’s turn after taking a foul ball to the mask...Nick Neidert hasn’t appeared in a game since rejoining the active roster on Sunday. He’s capable of eating several innings out of the bullpen if Ureña struggles. Worth mentioning, the only time Ureña pitched to Wallach in 2019, he set a season high with seven strikeouts.

How to watch/listen/follow

The first pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. ET. Watch on FOX Sports Florida or MLB.TV—it’s also airing on MLB Network for out-of-market fans—or listen on 940 WINZ.

Danilo Santos (@Danilo_Sant0s) will be tweeting live from the ballpark.

Fish Picks

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

  1. Who reaches base safely more times? (Devers/Anderson)
  2. Over/Under 9.5 Marlins hits? (Over/Under)
  3. Will José Ureña finish five innings? (Yes/No)
  4. Will Ureña hit any batters? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Red Sox/Marlins)