Welcome to Friday’s Marlins (27-35,+5 RD) vs. Braves (29-31, -1 RD) game thread. Although very improbable, a series sweep by the Fish would move them into a virtual tie with Atlanta in the NL East standings.
Picks are only valid if submitted to us prior to first pitch.
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- RF Ronald Acuña Jr.
- 1B Freddie Freeman
- 2B Ozzie Albies
- 3B Austin Riley
- SS Dansby Swanson
- LF Abraham Almonte
- C William Contreras
- CF Ender Inciarte
- RHP Charlie Morton (2021 season stats: 4.21 ERA, 3.65 FIP, 27.2 K%, 33.9 HardHit% in 62.0 IP)
Notes: Morton leads the Braves pitching staff with 72 strikeouts despite not working particularly deep into his starts (only one time taking the mound for the seventh inning)...Freddie Freeman won 2020 NL MVP honors with a .341/.462/.640 slash line in 60 games. This will be Freeman’s 60th game of the 2021 season, and although he’s been homering at the same high rate, his overall production pales in comparison (.228/.350/.447).
- SS Jazz Chisholm Jr.
- CF Starling Marte
- 1B Jesús Aguilar
- LF Corey Dickerson
- RF Adam Duvall
- 3B Isan Díaz
- C Jorge Alfaro
- 2B Jon Berti
- RHP Sandy Alcantara (2021 season stats: 3.30 ERA, 3.54 FIP, 23.3 K%, 38.1 HardHit% in 79.0 IP)
Notes: Happy 28th birthday to Jorge Alfaro! He’s quietly playing at an excellent level since returning from injury, reaching base safely in his last eight starts. Nobody has stolen a base against Alfaro since his IL stint...The well-rested pitchers available out of the Marlins bullpen (haven’t pitched in at least two days) are Anthony Bass, Anthony Bender, Richard Bleier, John Curtiss, Dylan Floro and Zach Pop.
How to watch/listen/follow
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET. Watch on Bally Sports Florida or listen to the radio broadcast on 940 WINZ.
Brandon Liguori (@BrandonRLiguori) is at LoanDepot Park as a credentialed reporter and will handle the game recap article.
All four Marlins full-season minor league affiliates are also in action. Follow @FishProspects for notes and highlights.
Please submit your picks for the following props. The contest locks at first pitch.
- Over/Under 98.5 pitches for Sandy Alcantara? (Over/Under)
- Over/Under 1.5 Marlins home runs? (Over/Under)
- Will anybody score in the sixth inning? (Yes/No)
- Will Anthony Bass make an appearance? (Yes/No)
- Who wins? (Braves/Marlins)