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Marlins vs. Astros: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—March 15, 2021

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Sixto Sánchez and José Urquidy will start Monday’s Marlins vs. Astros exhibition game at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Full lineups and game notes in here.

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Welcome to Monday’s Marlins (5-2) vs. Astros (3-7) spring training game thread.

Fish Picks returns as a daily feature once the regular season begins, but in the meantime, I’ll do it for select Grapefruit League games to shake off the cobwebs. In honor of Sixto Sánchez’s 2021 debut, we are giving away this t-shirt to the first person to pick a perfect game! (correct answers on all five prop bets)

Scroll to the bottom of the article for full details.


Marlins Lineup

  1. LF Corey Dickerson
  2. CF Starling Marte
  3. DH Jesús Aguilar
  4. 1B Garrett Cooper
  5. 3B Brian Anderson
  6. RF Adam Duvall
  7. 2B Jazz Chisholm
  8. C Jorge Alfaro
  9. SS Miguel Rojas

P Sixto Sánchez (2020 stats: 3.46 ERA, 3.50 FIP, 20.9 K%, 33.9 Hard Hit% in 39.0 IP)

Baseball Savant

Notes: Sánchez on Thursday threw a 26-pitch live batting practice session at Marlins camp. He’ll have the opportunity to stretch out slightly beyond that today—expected to go two full innings, according to Don Mattingly. Dylan Floro is among the available Fish relievers...The Marlins defense has turned 13 groundball double plays to lead all Grapefruit League teams. Their pitchers’ 3.06 earned run average is also the best in Florida by half a run...Predictably, Sixto was the main topic on our latest episode of The Offishial Show.

Astros Lineup

  1. 2B José Altuve
  2. LF Chas McCormick
  3. SS Carlos Correa
  4. RF Kyle Tucker
  5. 1B Yuli Gurriel
  6. 3B Aledmys Díaz
  7. CF Myles Straw
  8. C Martin Maldonado
  9. DH Steven Souza Jr.

P José Urquidy (2020 stats: 2.73 ERA, 4.71 FIP, 14.7 K%, 38.9 Hard Hit% in 29.2 IP)

Baseball Savant

Notes: This is Urquidy’s third start of the spring, and the previous two came against the Marlins as well. He pitched on Mar. 5 (2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR) and Mar. 10 (2.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K). Houston’s available relievers are Hunter Brown, Brandon Bielak and Andre Scrubb.


How to watch/listen/follow

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET. Watch on MLB.TV (AT&T SportsNet Southwest) or listen to the Marlins radio broadcast for free on MLB.com. Beat reporters Christina De Nicola (@cdenicola13) and Jordan McPherson (@J_McPherson1126) will be in attendance in West Palm Beach, so give both of them a Twitter follow if you don’t already.

Fish Picks

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

  1. Which team scores first? (Marlins/Astros)
  2. Over/Under 99.5 miles per hour for Sixto Sánchez’s peak velocity? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 9.5 total strikeouts for Marlins pitchers? (Over/Under)
  4. Will the Marlins hit any home runs? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Marlins/Astros)