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Marlins vs. Phillies: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—July 17, 2021

Zach Thompson and Vince Velasquez will start Saturday’s Marlins vs. Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park. Full lineups and game notes in here.

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Zach Thompson #74 of the Miami Marlins throws a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Washington Nationals at loanDepot park Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

Welcome to Saturday’s Marlins (40-51, +21 RD) vs. Phillies (45-45, -13 RD) game thread.

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Marlins Lineup

  1. 2B Jazz Chisholm Jr.
  2. CF Starling Marte
  3. 1B Jesús Aguilar
  4. RF Adam Duvall
  5. SS Miguel Rojas
  6. 3B Joe Panik
  7. C Sandy León
  8. LF Jon Berti
  9. RHP Zach Thompson (2021 season stats: 2.25 ERA, 2.25 FIP, 32.0 K%, 43.9 HardHit% in 24.0 IP)
Sandy Alcantara - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: Rojas is four hits away from surpassing Gary Sheffield for 17th place on the all-time Marlins hits list...Berti is making only his second start in the outfield this season (he played there more regularly in 2019 and 2020)...Thompson was scratched from his previous scheduled start with a non-COVID illness. His most recent outing was July 4 against the Braves. Juan Páez has more about the rookie right-hander here...The well-rested players available in the Marlins bullpen (haven’t pitched since before the All-Star break) are Anthony Bass, Anthony Bender, Dylan Floro, Yimi García and David Hess.

MLB career stats for active Marlins players against Vince Velasquez
MLB career stats for active Marlins players against Vince Velasquez

Phillies Lineup

  1. 2B Jean Segura
  2. C J.T. Realmuto
  3. RF Bryce Harper
  4. LF Andrew McCutchen
  5. 1B Rhys Hoskins
  6. SS Didi Gregorius
  7. 3B Ronald Torreyes
  8. CF Travis Jankowski
  9. RHP Vince Velasquez (2021 season stats: 5.35 ERA, 5.47 FIP, 24.4 K%, 40.8 HardHit% in 72.1 IP)
Matt Moore - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed
Matt Moore - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed
Baseball Savant

Notes: Nobody on the Phillies roster has batted against Thompson this year in spring training, Triple-A or the majors...Odúbel Herrera will be out through the weekend with ankle tendinitis...Six different Phillies have recorded saves in 2021. Ranger Suarez currently fills the closer’s role for the club.

How to watch/listen/follow

First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. ET. Watch on Bally Sports Florida or listen to the radio broadcast on 940 WINZ.

I will handle the game recap article.

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

Fish Picks

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

  1. Which starting pitcher lasts longer? (Zach Thompson/Vince Velasquez)
  2. Over/Under 10.5 strikeouts for Marlins pitchers? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 1.5 total bases for Adam Duvall? (Over/Under)
  4. Will Yimi García make an appearance? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Marlins/Phillies)