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Marlins vs. Nationals: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—September 18, 2020

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Sixto Sánchez and Erick Fedde will start the first game of Friday’s doubleheader at Marlins Park in Miami. Full game preview and lineups in here.

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

Welcome to Friday’s Marlins (25-23) vs. Nationals (18-29) doubleheader game thread. Remember, only seven innings apiece.

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Nationals Game 1 Lineup

  1. SS Trea Turner
  2. LF Juan Soto
  3. 1B Asdrubal Cabrera
  4. DH Eric Thames
  5. C Yan Gomes
  6. 2B Luis García
  7. 3B Carter Kieboom
  8. RF Andrew Stevenson
  9. CF Victor Robles

P Erick Fedde (5.06 ERA, 6.76 FIP, 9.8 K%, 41.5 Hard Hit% in 37.1 IP)

Baseball Savant

Notes: Fedde is the only MLB pitcher this season with 20-plus innings and more walks than strikeouts. Seems very beatable!...Rookie right-hander Wil Crowe gets the assignment for the later game. Crowe made his major league debut against the Marlins last month and has pitched only once for the Nats since then, logging six total innings in those two starts.

Marlins Game 1 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 Jorge Alfaro

P Sixto Sánchez (1.69 ERA, 3.26 FIP, 24.2 K%, 36.9 Hard Hit% in 32.0 IP)

Baseball Savant

Notes: By Sixto’s incredibly high standards, his start against the Nationals last month was the worst of his rookie campaign, allowing three earned runs, including homers to Gomes and Robles...Just recalled from the alternate training site, Daniel Castano is starting the second game for the Fish...The Marlins have been 8-2 this season in games that are part of doubleheaders, sweeping three DHs and splitting the other two...Chisholm appeared on the new Swings and Mishes podcast episode to discuss his transition to second base, his evaluation of Sixto, interacting with fans and more.


How to watch/listen/follow

The first pitch of the opening game is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. ET, followed by the second game about 45 minutes after the first one concludes. Watch on FOX Sports Florida or MLB.TV—both games are also airing nationally on FS1—or listen on 940 WINZ.

Fish Picks

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

Game 1

  1. Which team hits the farthest ball of the game? (Nationals/Marlins)
  2. Over/Under 1.5 runs allowed by Sixto Sánchez? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 2:38 time of game? (Over/Under)
  4. Who wins? (Nationals/Marlins)

Game 2

  1. Which team scores first? (Nationals/Marlins)
  2. Over/Under 4.5 Marlins runs? (Over/Under)
  3. Will Monte Harrison make an appearance? (Yes/No)
  4. Who wins? (Nationals/Marlins)