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Marlins vs. Braves: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—July 2, 2021

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Pablo López and Drew Smyly will start Friday’s Marlins vs. Braves game at Truist Park. Full lineups and game notes in here.

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Atlanta right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) and Miami second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr. (2) share a moment after Acuna stole second base during the MLB game between the Miami Marlins and the Atlanta Braves Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Welcome to Friday’s Marlins (34-45, +21 RD) vs. Braves (39-41, +15 RD) game thread.

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Marlins Lineup

  1. 2B Jazz Chisholm Jr.
  2. CF Starling Marte
  3. RF Garrett Cooper
  4. LF Adam Duvall
  5. 1B Jesús Aguilar
  6. SS Miguel Rojas
  7. C Jorge Alfaro
  8. 3B Jon Berti
  9. RHP Pablo López (2021 season stats: 2.87 ERA, 3.27 FIP, 25.8 K%, 33.1 HardHit% in 91.0 IP)
Pablo López - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: The Marlins offense thrived on Wednesday in a unique way, becoming the only MLB team on record to score 11 runs in a game while also striking out 16 times with only one walk...Wednesday was the third anniversary of Pablo López’s major league debut...Thursday’s postponement in Philadelphia helped the Marlins from a rest and recovery standpoint. Also, the team’s flight arrived in Atlanta at approximately 9:46 p.m. ET, about three hours earlier than originally planned...López’s struggles at Truist Park have been well-documented. He started the infamous 29-9 game and hasn’t had any quality starts there in five attempts (he shined brightly on Sept. 24, 2020, but didn’t complete the 6.0 IP required for a QS).

MLB career stats for active Braves players vs. Pablo López
MLB career stats for active Braves players vs. Pablo López
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Braves Lineup

  1. RF Ronald Acuña Jr.
  2. 1B Freddie Freeman
  3. 2B Ozzie Albies
  4. 3B Austin Riley
  5. SS Dansby Swanson
  6. CF Guillermo Heredia
  7. LF Abraham Almonte
  8. C William Contreras
  9. LHP Drew Smyly (2021 season stats: 4.79 ERA, 5.42 FIP, 19.7 K%, 43.0 HardHit% in 67.2 IP)
Drew Smyly - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: Acuña (mid back tightness) was scratched from Thursday’s lineup, but contributed off the bench later in the game and shouldn’t have any limitations for this series...Albies has been playing at an Acuña-like level over his last 11 games, reaching base safely in each one while slashing .326/.370/.721 with five home runs and five stolen bases...It’s been a lousy season overall for Smyly, though he has looked better of late, allowing only three total runs over his three previous starts.


How to watch/listen/follow

First pitch is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. ET. Watch on Bally Sports Florida or listen to the radio broadcast on 940 WINZ.

Brandon Liguori (@BrandonRLiguori) will provide in-game updates and handle the game recap article.

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 scores first? (Marlins/Braves)
  2. Over/Under 9.5 swings taken by Starling Marte? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 96.4 miles per hour for Pablo López’s fastest pitch? (Over/Under)
  4. Will Marlins pitchers allow any home runs? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Marlins/Braves)