Welcome to Sunday’s Marlins (33-43, +21 RD) vs. Nationals (36-38, -16 RD) game thread. The Marlins will be wearing their Havana Sugar Kings-inspired City Connect uniforms.
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- LF Kyle Schwarber
- SS Trea Turner
- RF Juan Soto
- 1B Josh Bell
- 2B Josh Harrison
- 3B Starlin Castro
- C Alex Avila
- RHP Max Scherzer (2021 season stats: 2.19 ERA, 3.12 FIP, 36.1 K%, 35.8 HardHit% in 82.1 IP)
- CF Víctor Robles
Notes: Pretty sure this is the first time in 2021 that a Marlins opponent has batter their pitcher in the No. 8 spot...Old friend Brad Hand hasn’t appeared in this series yet. The veteran closer is presumably available for more than three outs if necessary...Scherzer is remarkably striking out batters at a higher rate in 2021 than he ever has before. Will that keep up without the aid of sticky stuff? Impossible to say.
- 2B Jazz Chisholm Jr.
- CF Starling Marte
- 1B Jesús Aguilar
- RF Garrett Cooper
- SS Miguel Rojas
- LF Jesús Sánchez
- C Jorge Alfaro
- 3B Jon Berti
- RHP Sandy Alcantara (2021 season stats: 2.93 ERA, 3.32 FIP, 22.2 K%, 35.6 HardHit% in 101.1 IP)
Notes: Adam Duvall will be available as a pinch-hitter. He’s got a career .243/.325/.500 slash line in that role (19% better than his overall OPS)...Alcantara can once again retake the MLB lead in innings pitched from Trevor Bauer today. A typical outing of his would ensure that Zack Wheeler and Gerrit Cole (also starting for their respective teams) don’t leapfrog him...The well-rested pitchers available in the Marlins bullpen (haven’t pitched in at least two days) are Anthony Bass, Richard Bleier, Adam Cimber, John Curtiss, Ross Detwiler and Zach Pop.
How to watch/listen/follow
First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. ET. Watch on Bally Sports Florida or listen to the radio broadcast on 940 WINZ.
Louis Addeo-Weiss 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.
- Which starting pitcher throws more pitches? (Scherzer/Alcantara)
- Over/Under 390 feet for the farthest hit? (Over/Under)
- Over/Under 2:58 time of game? (Over/Under)
- Will Sandy Alcantara strike out Kyle Schwarber? (Yes/No)
- Who wins? (Nationals/Marlins)