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Marlins vs. Braves: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—July 4, 2021

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Zach Thompson and Charlie Morton will start Sunday’s Marlins vs. Braves game at Truist Park. Full lineups and game notes in here.

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Jazz Chrisholm Jr. #2 of the Miami Marlins throws to first base as Ozzie Albies #1 of the Atlanta Braves slides into second base in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Truist Park Photo by Edward M. Pio Roda/Getty Images

Welcome to Sunday’s Marlins (35-46, +21 RD) vs. Braves (40-42, +15 RD) game thread. Happy Fourth of July!

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Marlins Lineup

  1. 3B Jon Berti
  2. CF Starling Marte
  3. 1B Jesús Aguilar
  4. RF Adam Duvall
  5. SS Miguel Rojas
  6. LF Jesús Sánchez
  7. 2B Joe Panik
  8. C Sandy León
  9. RHP Zach Thompson (2021 season stats: 1.50 ERA, 1.72 FIP, 34.3 K%, 45.0 HardHit% in 18.0 IP)
Zach Thompson - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: Off day for Jazz Chisholm Jr. who is dealing with ankle soreness...The Marlins had only one series win over the Braves from 2018-2020. Today, they’re trying to lock up their third series win over the Braves this season...Thompson has not allowed more than two runs in any of his first four career starts...The well-rested pitchers available in the Marlins bullpen (haven’t pitched in at least two days) are Anthony Bass, Anthony Bender, John Curtiss, Ross Detwiler, David 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 Orlando Arcia
  8. C William Contreras
  9. RHP Charlie Morton (2021 season stats: 3.74 ERA, 3.47 FIP, 27.5 K%, 34.1 HardHit% in 86.2 IP)
Charlie Morton - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: Prior to the game, the Braves recalled longtime infielder turned utility guy Orlando Arcia and optioned Saturday’s starter Kyle Muller to Triple-A...Albies has been playing at an Acuña-like level over his last 13 games, reaching base safely in each one while slashing .340/.370/.680 with five home runs and six stolen bases.


How to watch/listen/follow

First pitch is scheduled for 1:20 p.m. ET. Watch on Bally Sports Florida or listen to the radio broadcast on 940 WINZ.

Louis Addeo-Weiss 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 starting pitcher lasts longer? (Zach Thompson/Charlie Morton)
  2. Over/Under 1.5 total home runs? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 1.5 total bases for Jesús Sánchez? (Over/Under)
  4. Will Anthony Bender make an appearance? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Marlins/Braves)