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Marlins vs. Cubs: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—August 13, 2021

Adbert Alzolay and Jesús Luzardo will start Friday’s Marlins vs. Cubs game at LoanDepot Park. Full lineups and game notes in here.

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Miami Marlins center fielder Lewis Brinson (25) tosses his bat as he watches his two-run home run against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Petco Park Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Friday’s Marlins (48-67, -17 RD) vs. Cubs (52-65, -78 RD) game thread.

During every Marlins game, join in on the Fish Picks prop bets fun. It’s always free to participate and the prizes are real. Please use this link!

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Everybody’s point totals have been reset for the start of August.

Cubs Starting Lineup

  1. 3B Matt Duffy
  2. 1B Frank Schwindel
  3. 2B David Bote
  4. LF Patrick Wisdom
  5. C Robinson Chirinos
  6. RF Ian Happ
  7. CF Johneshwy Fargas
  8. SS Sergio Alcantara
  9. RHP Adbert Alzolay (2021 season stats: 4.71 ERA, 5.03 FIP, 24.4 K%, 40.4 HardHit% in 105.0 IP)
Adbert Alzolay - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: The Cubs stumble into Miami on an eight-game losing streak...After parting ways with many of their core players and placing Willson Contreras on the injured list (right knee sprain), they have unsurprisingly struggled offensively. Their team OPS since the trade deadline barely cracks .600, which ranks bottom five in the majors during that span...This will be Alzolay’s first career matchup against the Marlins. They’ll be relying on him to provide some length—Chicago’s bullpen is pretty drained after working 16 23 innings over the previous three days.

Marlins Starting Lineup

  1. SS Miguel Rojas
  2. 2B Isan Díaz
  3. 1B Jesús Aguilar
  4. CF Lewis Brinson
  5. 3B Brian Anderson
  6. LF Jorge Alfaro
  7. C Alex Jackson
  8. RF Bryan De La Cruz
  9. LHP Jesús Luzardo (2021 season stats: 7.36 ERA, 5.99 FIP, 21.5 K%, 35.8 HardHit% in 47.2 IP)
Jesús Luzardo - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: Don Mattingly is finally back at the helm (James Rowson handled his managerial duties over the previous 12 games). Jazz Chisholm Jr. is also active, with Joe Panik placed on the injured list in a corresponding move...Rookies Paul Campbell and Zach Pop have quietly been among the most effective Marlins relievers recently...Brinson has been, not so quietly, carrying the Marlins lineup. He is putting together high-quality at-bats against righties like Alzolay, producing more barrels and a higher average exit velocity vs. same-handed pitchers in 2021 than he’s ever had a single season.

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.

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

All four Marlins full-season minor league affiliates are also in action (weather permitting). Follow @FishProspects for notes and highlights.

Fish Picks

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

  1. Who gets the first Marlins hit? (Left-Handed Batter/Right-Handed Batter)
  2. Over/Under 2.5 runs allowed by Jesús Luzardo? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 14,999 announced attendance? (Over/Under)
  4. Will Anthony Bass make an appearance? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Marlins/Cubs)