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Marlins vs. Braves: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—July 9, 2021

Charlie Morton and Anthony Bass will start Friday’s Marlins vs. Braves game at LoanDepot Park. Full lineups and game notes in here.

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Jesus Aguilar #24 of the Miami Marlins hits a walk-off home run in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at loanDepot park Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

Welcome to Friday’s Marlins (38-48, +20 RD) vs. Braves (42-44, +16 RD) game thread. This will be the team’s final series prior to the All-Star break.

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Braves Lineup

  1. RF Ronald Acuña Jr.
  2. 1B Freddie Freeman
  3. 2B Ozzie Albies
  4. 3B Austin Riley
  5. LF Abraham Almonte
  6. SS Dansby Swanson
  7. CF Guillermo Heredia
  8. C Kevan Smith
  9. RHP Charlie Morton (2021 season stats: 3.91 ERA, 3.52 FIP, 27.7 K%, 34.6 HardHit% in 92.0 IP)
Charlie Morton - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: The inconsistent Braves offense has been limited to four runs or fewer in 16 of their last 19 games. However, they erupted for 14 runs in Pittsburgh on Wednesday and have the advantage of entering this series on the heels of an off day...The journeyman Almonte is the ultra-rare type of player in today’s MLB who has more walks (23) than strikeouts (22) this season. His on-base percentage (.398) is even higher than Acuña’s!

Marlins Lineup

  1. 2B Jazz Chisholm Jr.
  2. CF Starling Marte
  3. 1B Jesús Aguilar
  4. RF Adam Duvall
  5. SS Miguel Rojas
  6. LF Jesús Sánchez
  7. C Jorge Alfaro
  8. 3B Joe Panik
  9. RHP Anthony Bass

Notes: Zach Thompson has been scratched with a non-COVID related illness. Anthony Bass will open things up instead, becoming the 14th different Marlins starter of the season...Nick Neidert bailed out the rest of the Marlins bullpen on Thursday with four innings of mop-up work. They’ll probably want to stay away from David Hess (three appearances in the last four days), but every other reliever is available including newly selected Shawn Morimando.

How to watch/listen/follow

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET. Watch on Bally Sports Florida or listen to the radio broadcast on 940 WINZ.

Brandon Liguori (@BrandonRLiguori) will be at LoanDepot Park as a credentialed reporter 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 uses more total players? (Braves/Marlins)
  2. Over/Under 2.5 runs allowed by Zach Thompson? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 1.5 total bases for Starling Marte? (Over/Under)
  4. Will there be a save recorded? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Braves/Marlins)