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Marlins vs. Braves: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—August 17, 2021

Huascar Ynoa and Sandy Alcantara will start Tuesday’s Marlins vs. Braves game at LoanDepot Park. Full lineups and game notes in here.

Miami Marlins second baseman Isan Diaz (1) rounds the bases after hitting a solo homerun in the 2nd inning against the Atlanta Braves at loanDepot park Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Tuesday’s Marlins (51-68, -19 RD) vs. Braves (63-56, +82 RD) game thread. The season series between these teams is tied at seven wins apiece.

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

Braves Starting Lineup

  1. 2B Ozzie Albies
  2. RF Jorge Soler
  3. 1B Freddie Freeman
  4. 3B Austin Riley
  5. SS Dansby Swanson
  6. LF Adam Duvall
  7. CF Joc Pederson
  8. C Stephen Vogt
  9. RHP Huascar Ynoa (2021 season stats: 3.02 ERA, 3.79 FIP, 27.9 K%, 48.3 HardHit% in 44.2 IP)
Huascar Ynoa - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: The Braves have been playing their best ball of the season during the month-plus since these teams previously met, doing all of that without Ronald Acuña Jr. (torn ACL)...Ynoa was in the midst of a breakout through the first quarter of the 2021 campaign, but after a rare poor outing, he broke his right hand in frustration. Tonight marks his return to The Show after a three-month IL stint...Swanson is scorching hot, leading all qualified MLB shortstops since the All-Star break in FanGraphs Wins Above Replacement (1.5 fWAR).

MLB career stats for active Braves players vs. Sandy Alcantara
MLB career stats for active Braves players vs. Sandy Alcantara

Marlins Starting Lineup

  1. SS Miguel Rojas
  2. 2B Isan Díaz
  3. CF Lewis Brinson
  4. RF Jesús Sánchez
  5. 3B Brian Anderson
  6. 1B Jorge Alfaro
  7. C Alex Jackson
  8. LF Bryan De La Cruz
  9. RHP Sandy Alcantara (2021 season stats: 3.52 ERA, 3.80 FIP, 21.6 K%, 38.6 HardHit% in 143.1 IP)
Sandy Alcantara - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: Jesús Aguilar has reached base safely in all 13 of his games played against the Braves this season, but he’s sitting this one out to make room for Alfaro...His overall production has been merely pedestrian, but Jazz Chisholm Jr. is improving his contact skills. Just a 12.5% strikeout rate since the All-Star break. He’s also on the bench, for some reason...The most well-rested pitchers available in the Marlins bullpen are Anthony Bass, Anthony Bender, Richard Bleier and Dylan Floro.

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.

Alex Krutchik will handle the game recap article.

Fish Picks

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

  1. Which team throws more total pitches? (Braves/Marlins)
  2. Over/Under 8.5 total runs scored? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 1.5 double plays turned by the Marlins? (Over/Under)
  4. Will Sandy Alcantara strike out Freddie Freeman? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Braves/Marlins)