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Marlins vs. Braves: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—July 3, 2021

Sandy Alcantara and Kyle Muller will start Saturday’s Marlins vs. Braves game at Truist Park. Full lineups and game notes in here.

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Sandy Alcantara #22 of the Miami Marlins can’t field a ground ball against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at loanDepot park Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Welcome to Saturday’s Marlins (34-46, +20 RD) vs. Braves (40-41, +16 RD) game thread. The Fish are coming off yet another one-run loss.

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Marlins Lineup

  1. 2B Jazz Chisholm Jr.
  2. CF Starling Marte
  3. RF Garrett Cooper
  4. 1B Jesús Aguilar
  5. SS Miguel Rojas
  6. LF Jesús Sánchez
  7. C Jorge Alfaro
  8. 3B Jon Berti
  9. RHP Sandy Alcantara (2021 season stats: 3.12 ERA, 3.59 FIP, 21.7 K%, 36.8 HardHit% in 106.2 IP)
Sandy Alcantara - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: Another trade! Announced shortly before the game, the Marlins have sent right-hander Justin Sterner (an undrafted free agent signing) and cash considerations to the Rays for right-hander David Hess. Hess has been selected to the roster with Jordan Holloway being optioned in a corresponding move...Only the Rockies (11) and Diamondbacks (10) have been shut out more often than the Marlins this season, who were held scoreless for the ninth time on Friday...The well-rested pitchers available in the Marlins bullpen (haven’t pitched in at least two days) are John Curtiss, Yimi García, Hess, Steven Okert and Zach Pop.

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 Kevan Smith
  9. LHP Kyle Muller (2021 season stats: 2.70 ERA, 1.76 FIP, 32.5 K%, 30.4 HardHit% in 10.0 IP)
Kyle Muller - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: Albies has been playing at an Acuña-like level over his last 12 games, reaching base safely in each one while slashing .333/.367/.711 with five home runs and six stolen bases...The only active Marlins player who has seen Muller this season is Jesús Sánchez, back on June 2 when both he and Muller were in Triple-A.

How to watch/listen/follow

First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 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. 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 hits more doubles? (Marlins/Braves)
  2. Over/Under 6.5 strikeouts for Sandy Alcantara? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 3:04 time of game? (Over/Under)
  4. Will Ronald Acuña Jr. score any runs? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Marlins/Braves)