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Marlins vs. Braves: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—August 18, 2021

Charlie Morton and Jesús Luzardo will start Wednesday’s Marlins vs. Braves game at LoanDepot Park. Full lineups and game notes in here.

Miami Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas (19) throws out Atlanta Braves right fielder Jorge Soler (12) in the 6th inning at loanDepot park Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Wednesday’s Marlins (51-69, -21 RD) vs. Braves (64-56, +84 RD) game thread.

During every Marlins game, join in on the Fish Picks prop bets fun. They give you something to focus on even with the team out of World Series contention. Please use this link!

Picks are only valid if submitted to us prior to first pitch.

The Fish Picks leaderboard is updated daily. Congrats to @JJFearnley and Vicent_br, both of whom picked a Perfect Game on Tuesday.

At the end of each month, the Fish Picks winner—whoever has the percentage of correct picks (among qualifiers)—will receive a hand-painted Trevor Rogers baseball card.

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. C Travis d’Arnaud
  7. LF Adam Duvall
  8. CF Guillermo Heredia
  9. RHP Charlie Morton (2021 season stats: 3.49 ERA, 3.35 FIP, 28.0 K%, 33.6 HardHit% in 134.0 IP)
Charlie Morton - 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).

MLB career stats for active Marlins players vs. Charlie Morton
MLB career stats for active Marlins players vs. Charlie Morton
Baseball Savant

Marlins Starting Lineup

  1. SS Miguel Rojas
  2. 2B Jazz Chisholm Jr.
  3. 1B Jesús Aguilar
  4. RF Jesús Sánchez
  5. LF Lewis Brinson
  6. 3B Isan Díaz
  7. C Alex Jackson
  8. LF Bryan De La Cruz
  9. LHP Jesus Luzardo (2021 season stats: 7.52 ERA, 6.27 FIP, 21.6 K%, 36.8 HardHit% in 52.2 IP)
Jesús Luzardo - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: Luzardo owns the third-highest earned run average in the majors among pitchers with 50-plus innings this season...Aguilar has reached base safely in all 13 of his games played against the Braves this season...His overall production has been merely pedestrian, but Chisholm is improving his contact skills. Just a 11.7% strikeout rate since the All-Star break...Every member of the Marlins bullpen should be available to pitch in some capacity if needed.

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.

Louis Addeo-Weiss will handle the game recap article.

All 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. Which team throws the fastest pitch of the game? (Braves/Marlins)
  2. Over/Under 4.5 strikeouts for Jesús Luzardo? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 6.5 total pickoff attempts? (Over/Under)
  4. Will Jazz Chisholm Jr. score any runs? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Braves/Marlins)