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Marlins vs. Cardinals: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—April 5, 2021

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Daniel Ponce de Leon and Trevor Rogers will start Monday’s Marlins vs. Cardinals game at LoanDepot Park. Full lineups and game notes in here.

Houston Astros v Miami Marlins Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

Welcome to Monday’s Marlins (1-2, +2 RD) vs. Cardinals (1-2, -9 RD) game thread.

To those of you with Twitter accounts, we highly recommend voting for Daniel De Vivo in #MarlinsTwitterMarchMadness. He’s one victory away from an improbable championship.

Fish Picks has indeed returned for a third season! After receiving picks from 200-plus unique users in 2020 on fishstripes.com and the @fishstripes Twitter account, we are aiming for even more engagement. It’s always free to participate and the prizes are real.

Fans can find the props within game threads like this one or as the pinned tweet on our Twitter account. They will be posted at least four hours prior to the game’s scheduled first pitch (assuming both the Marlins and their opponent declare a probable starting pitcher by then). Generally, there will be five props per game, four about individual/team stats and the final one always being the moneyline pick (which team will win). Picks are only valid if commented or tweeted to us prior to first pitch.

Your goal every day is to “pick a perfect game” and choose the correct outcome for each prop. Whoever has the most perfect games each month receives a t-shirt of their choice from our partners at Legends of Dade!

The Fish Picks leaderboard will be updated daily.


Cardinals Lineup

  1. 2B Tommy Edman
  2. 1B Paul Goldschmidt
  3. 3B Nolan Arenado
  4. SS Paul DeJong
  5. LF Tyler O’Neill
  6. C Yadier Molina
  7. CF Dylan Carlson
  8. RF Austin Dean
  9. RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon (2020 season stats: 4.96 ERA, 5.64 FIP, 31.5 K%, 40.8 HardHit% in 32.2 IP)
Baseball Savant

Notes: The benches cleared in Saturday’s Cardinals-Reds game, but it doesn’t seem like any Cards players are facing suspensions for their actions...Ponce de Leon pitched against the Fish four(!) times during spring training—12.2 IP, 12 H, 6 ER, 7 BB, 12 K...This will be the Cardinals’ first test against a left-handed starting pitcher.

Marlins Lineup

  1. LF Corey Dickerson
  2. CF Starling Marte
  3. 1B Jesús Aguilar
  4. RF Adam Duvall
  5. 3B Brian Anderson
  6. SS Miguel Rojas
  7. C Jorge Alfaro
  8. 2B Jon Berti
  9. LHP Trevor Rogers (2020 season stats: 6.11 ERA, 4.33 FIP, 30.0 K%, 39.5 HardHit% in 28.0 IP)
Baseball Savant

Notes: As expected Elieser Hernandez (right biceps tendon inflammation) has been placed on the 10-day injured list. Garrett Cooper is also unavailable (effects from COVID vaccine), but the COVID IL permits him to return in less than 10 days—whenever he’s feeling well enough to play. In corresponding moves, the Marlins recalled Nick Neidert and Jordan Holloway from the Fish Tank in Jacksonville...Rogers ranked second among all MLB pitchers with 29 strikeouts during spring training. In particular, his slider has taken a tangible step forward. The average spin rate on that pitch surged from 2,021 RPM last season to 2,171 RPM in spring games tracked by Statcast...It’s the first Salute & Serve Day of 2021 and the 28th anniversary of the inaugural Marlins regular season.


How to watch/listen/follow

First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. ET. Watch on Bally Sports Florida...assuming it’s included in your cable package/TV bundle. If not, AT&T TV has a limited time offer through The Streamable to get you hooked up along with a $75 Amazon gift card.

The radio broadcast will air 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.

  1. Which team will throw more total pitches? (Cardinals/Marlins)
  2. Over/Under 34.5 at-bats for Marlins batters? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 8.5 total runs scored? (Over/Under)
  4. Will Adam Duvall get a hit? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Cardinals/Marlins)