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Marlins vs. Cardinals: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—April 7, 2021

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Jack Flaherty and Pablo López will start Wednesday’s Marlins vs. Cardinals game at LoanDepot Park. Full lineups and game notes in here.

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Miami Marlins Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Wednesday’s Marlins (1-4, -3 RD) vs. Cardinals (3-2, -4 RD) game thread.

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!

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Cardinals Lineup

  1. RF Tommy Edman
  2. 1B Paul Goldschmidt
  3. 3B Nolan Arenado
  4. SS Paul DeJong
  5. 2B Matt Carpenter
  6. C Yadier Molina
  7. LF Tyler O’Neill
  8. CF Dylan Carlson
  9. RHP Jack Flaherty (2020 season stats: 4.91 ERA, 4.11 FIP, 28.8 K%, 31.4 HardHit% in 40.1 IP)
Baseball Savant

Notes: Despite winning consecutive games, the Cardinals offense is striking out in 29.4% of their plate appearances this season (fifth-worst in MLB)...The talented yet oft-injured Alex Reyes has pitched on back-to-back days. He’s unlikely to be available for this game.

Marlins Lineup

  1. LF Corey Dickerson
  2. CF Starling Marte
  3. 1B Jesús Aguilar
  4. RF Garrett Cooper
  5. 3B Brian Anderson
  6. SS Jazz Chisholm Jr.
  7. 2B Jon Berti
  8. C Chad Wallach
  9. RHP Pablo López (2020 season stats: 3.61 ERA, 3.09 FIP, 24.6 K%, 32.3 HardHit% in 57.1 IP)
Baseball Savant

Notes: We’ve noted previously that López has thrived during his career when paired with Chad Wallach (3.00 ERA, .178 BA and .504 OPS allowed in 42.0 IP). That makes it unsurprisingly to see him get the starting nod over Jorge Alfaro who made costly defensive mistakes on Tuesday.


How to watch/listen/follow

First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 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.

Nicole Cahill (@NicoleCahill_) will provide credentialed coverage from LoanDepot Park.

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 score first? (Cardinals/Marlins)
  2. Over/Under 2.5 total bases for Starling Marte? (Over/Under)
  3. Will Pablo López get a hit? (Yes/No)
  4. Will Anthony Bass make an appearance? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Cardinals/Marlins)