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Marlins vs. Reds: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—August 20, 2021

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Elieser Hernandez and Sonny Gray will start Friday’s Marlins vs. Reds game at Great American Ball Park. Full lineups and game notes in here.

Jesus Aguilar #24 of the Miami Marlins reacts against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at loanDepot park Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Welcome to Friday’s Marlins (51-71, -28 RD) vs. Reds (66-57, +32 RD) game thread.

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Marlins Starting Lineup

  1. SS Miguel Rojas
  2. 2B Jazz Chisholm Jr.
  3. 1B Jesús Aguilar
  4. RF Jesús Sánchez
  5. 3B Brian Anderson
  6. CF Lewis Brinson
  7. LF Jorge Alfaro
  8. C Alex Jackson
  9. RHP Elieser Hernandez (2021 season stats: 2.84 ERA, 4.68 FIP, 26.5 K%, 32.4 HardHit% in 12.2 IP)
Elieser Hernandez - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: This will be Hernandez’s fourth start of the 2021 season and—knock on wood—hopefully his second that isn’t abbreviated due to in-game injury...Bryan De La Cruz has not batted higher than the No. 6 spot in any of his Marlins appearances despite maintaining a .319 batting average as a big leaguer. That streak shall continue...The most well-rested pitchers available in the Marlins bullpen are Anthony Bass, Anthony Bender, Richard Bleier, Paul Campbell, Dylan Floro, Sean Guenther, Steven Okert and newly selected Austin Pruitt.

Reds Starting Lineup

  1. 2B Jonathan India
  2. CF Tyler Naquin
  3. RF Nick Castellanos
  4. 1B Joey Votto
  5. SS Kyle Farmer
  6. 3B Mike Moustakas
  7. LF Aristides Aquino
  8. C Tucker Barnhart
  9. RHP Sonny Gray (2021 season stats: 4.47 ERA, 3.79 FIP, 28.5 K%, 32.6 HardHit% in 90.2 IP)
Sonny Gray - 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 .393 on-base percentage is seventh-best among all MLB qualifiers...The Reds defense has allowed only one runner to reach base on an error over their last 25 games.


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 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 scores first? (Marlins/Reds)
  2. Over/Under 27.5 sliders thrown by Elieser Hernandez? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 1.5 hits for Miguel Rojas? (Over/Under)
  4. Will Anthony Bass make an appearance? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Marlins/Reds)