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Marlins vs. Reds: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—August 19, 2021

Nick Neidert and Luis Castillo will start Thursday’s Marlins vs. Reds game at Great American Ball Park. Full lineups and game notes in here.

Miami Marlins first baseman Jorge Alfaro (38) fields the ball before getting Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies (not pictured) out at first base in the 3rd inning at loanDepot park Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Thursday’s Marlins (51-70, -23 RD) vs. Reds (65-57, +27 RD) game thread. It’s the first meeting between these teams since 2019.

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 Ginger_taco and SeanF, both of whom picked a Perfect Game on Wednesday.

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.

Marlins Starting Lineup

  1. SS Miguel Rojas
  2. 2B Isan Díaz
  3. 1B Jesús Aguilar
  4. RF Jesús Sánchez
  5. 3B Brian Anderson
  6. LF Jorge Alfaro
  7. C Alex Jackson
  8. CF Bryan De La Cruz
  9. RHP Nick Neidert (2021 season stats: 4.11 ERA, 5.58 FIP, 14.7 K%, 38.5 HardHit% in 30.2 IP)

Notes: Zach Thompson was on regular rest for tonight, but he’s been pushed back indefinitely...The most well-rested pitchers available in the Marlins bullpen are Anthony Bass, Anthony Bender, Richard Bleier, Ross Detwiler and Dylan Floro.

Reds Starting Lineup

  1. 2B Jonathan India
  2. CF Tyler Naquin
  3. RF Nick Castellanos
  4. 1B Joey Votto
  5. C Tyler Stephenson
  6. 3B Mike Moustakas
  7. SS Kyle Farmer
  8. LF Aristides Aquino
  9. RHP Luis Castillo (2021 season stats: 4.51 ERA, 4.09 FIP, 23.0 K%, 38.6 HardHit% in 137.2 IP)
Luis Castillo - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: India has emerged as the NL Rookie of the Year frontrunner, hitting for more and more power as the season progresses. Also, his .390 on-base percentage is seventh-best among all MLB qualifiers...After a troubling early portion of 2021, Castillo has found his groove. In 14 of his last 15 starts, the Dominican right-hander has allowed three earned runs or fewer while pitching into the sixth inning.

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.

I 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. Who finishes with more total bases? (Jesús Aguilar/Joey Votto)
  2. Over/Under 89.5 pitches for Zach Thompson? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 17.5 total hits? (Over/Under)
  4. Will there be any replay reviews? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Marlins/Reds)