Welcome to Friday’s Marlins (31-43, +11 RD) vs. Nationals (36-36, -6 RD) game thread. The Fish are on the verge of surpassing their 2020 win total.
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- LF Kyle Schwarber
- SS Trea Turner
- RF Juan Soto
- 1B Ryan Zimmerman
- 2B Josh Harrison
- C Yan Gomes
- 3B Starlin Castro
- CF Víctor Robles
- LHP Jon Lester (2021 season stats: 3.96 ERA, 4.85 FIP, 16.3 K%, 37.4 HardHit% in 50.0 IP)
Notes: The Nats are in the midst of their hottest stretch of the season, having won 10 of the last 11 games...Kyle Schwarber homers in 10.6% of his plate appearances against right-handed pitchers, the highest rate among all MLB qualifiers.
- 2B Jazz Chisholm Jr.
- CF Starling Marte
- 1B Garrett Cooper
- RF Adam Duvall
- SS Miguel Rojas
- LF Jesús Sánchez
- C Jorge Alfaro
- 3B Jon Berti
- RHP Pablo López (2021 season stats: 2.86 ERA, 3.26 FIP, 25.0 K%, 31.4 HardHit% in 85.0 IP)
Notes: López has limited his opponents to two runs or less in 12 of his 15 starts this season...Garrett Cooper missed the previous 15 games with a lumbar strain. He briefly rehabbed with Triple-A Jacksonville on Wednesday and Thursday prior to be activated from the injured list...The well-rested pitchers available in the Marlins bullpen (haven’t pitched in at least two days) are Anthony Bass, Anthony Bender, John Curtiss and Yimi García.
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.
Ethan Budowsky (@ethanbudowsky) 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.
- Who gets more total bases? (Juan Soto/Adam Duvall)
- Over/Under 2.5 runs allowed by Pablo López? (Over/Under)
- Over/Under 3:06 time of game? (Over/Under)
- Will there be any sacrifice flies or sacrifice bunts? (Yes/No)
- Who wins? (Nationals/Marlins)