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Marlins vs. Dodgers: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—July 8, 2021

Julio Urías and Sandy Alcantara will start Thursday’s Marlins vs. Dodgers game at LoanDepot Park. Full lineups and game notes in here.

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Jesus Sanchez #76 of the Miami Marlins points to the bench after hitting an RBI single in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at loanDepot park Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

Welcome to Thursday’s Marlins (38-47, +25 RD) vs. Dodgers (53-34, +116 RD) game thread.

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Dodgers Lineup

  1. RF Mookie Betts
  2. 1B Max Muncy
  3. LF Matt Beaty
  4. CF Cody Bellinger
  5. C Will Smith
  6. 2B Chris Taylor
  7. SS Gavin Lux
  8. 3B Zach McKinstry
  9. LHP Julio Urías (2021 season stats: 3.81 ERA, 3.51 FIP, 27.4 K%, 32.7 HardHit% in 99.1 IP)
Julio Urías - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: Urías was pushed back a day from his original schedule to get extra rest (he has already blown past his previous single-season high for innings pitched)...Fortunately for the Fish, Justin Turner, who has reached base safely in 18 consecutive starts, is on the bench.

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 Sandy León
  8. 3B Jon Berti
  9. RHP Sandy Alcantara (2021 season stats: 2.96 ERA, 3.61 FIP, 21.3 K%, 37.2 HardHit% in 112.2 IP)
Sandy Alcantara - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: Looks like Don Mattingly wants to stay away from using Adam Duvall again as he continues to battle a minor (non-COVID related) illness...The only players in Marlins history to pitch 120-plus innings with a sub-3.00 earned run average during the first half of a season are Henderson Alvarez, Kevin Brown, Josh Johnson, Carl Pavano and Dontrelle Willis. Alcantara has a chance to join them if he’s efficient and effective today...The well-rested pitchers available in the Marlins bullpen (haven’t pitched in at least two days) are Richard Bleier, Dylan Floro, Yimi García, David Hess, Steven Okert and Zach Pop.

How to watch/listen/follow

First pitch is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. ET. Watch on Bally Sports Florida or listen to the radio broadcast on 940 WINZ.

Isaac Azout (@IsaacAzout) will be at LoanDepot Park as a credentialed reporter and handle the game recap article.

Fish Picks

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

  1. Which team scores the last run of the game? (Dodgers/Marlins)
  2. Over/Under 6.5 total runs scored? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 1.5 Marlins stolen bases? (Over/Under
  4. Will Sandy Alcantara finish the seventh inning? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Dodgers/Marlins)