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Marlins vs. Phillies: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—May 18, 2021

Zack Wheeler will start Tuesday’s Marlins vs. Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park. Full lineups and game notes in here.

Philadelphia Phillies v Miami Marlins Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

Welcome to Tuesday’s Marlins (18-22, +5 RD) vs. Phillies (21-20, -7 RD) game thread. This is the first meeting of these NL East rivals in 2021. Last season, the Marlins won seven of their 10 matchups.

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Marlins Lineup

  1. 2B Jazz Chisholm Jr.
  2. SS Miguel Rojas
  3. 1B Jesús Aguilar
  4. RF Adam Duvall
  5. LF Corey Dickerson
  6. 3B Brian Anderson
  7. C Sandy León
  8. CF Magneuris Sierra
  9. RHP Cody Poteet

Notes: Poteet will make his second major league start, returning to the active roster in place of the injured Lewis Brinson (10-day IL)...Magneuris Sierra tallied six hits last week, more than doubling his season total prior to that...The much-maligned Anthony Bass has seemingly figured something out with his slider. It has generated whiffs at least 50% of the time in each of his last five appearances, a threshold he rarely reached earlier in the season.

Phillies Lineup

  1. LF Andrew McCutchen
  2. 2B Jean Segura
  3. RF Bryce Harper
  4. 1B Rhys Hoskins
  5. 3B Alec Bohm
  6. CF Odúbel Herrera
  7. C Andrew Knapp
  8. SS Nick Maton
  9. RHP Zack Wheeler (2021 season stats: 2.85 ERA, 2.85 FIP, 26.7 K%, 35.3 HardHit% in 53.2 IP)
Zack Wheeler - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: Didi Gregorius is in the midst of possibly his worst all-around season. He’s been unable to cover the ground that’s usually expected of a shortstop, according to Statcast. Prior to the game, the Phillies put him on the 10-day IL with a right elbow impingement...Old friend J.T. Realmuto (wrist) has started only two games in the past week, but could still prove to be a factor in this series...Wheeler for the most part has enjoyed incredible success in his career against Miami.

Career stats for active Marlins players against Zack Wheeler
Career stats for active Marlins players against Zack Wheeler

How to watch/listen/follow

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET. Watch on Bally Sports Sun (instead of the usual Bally Sports Florida) or listen to the radio broadcast on 940 WINZ.

All four Marlins full-season minor league affiliates are also in action. Follow @FishProspects for notes and highlights.

Fish Picks

Please submit your picks for the following props. The contest locks at first pitch.

  1. Which team draws more walks? (Marlins/Phillies)
  2. Over/Under 1.5 hits for Jazz Chisholm Jr.? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 49.5 people making picks for this game? (Over/Under)
  4. Will Anthony Bender make an appearance? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Marlins/Phillies)