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Marlins vs. Reds: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—August 21, 2021

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Zach Thompson and Wade Miley will start Saturday’s Marlins vs. Reds game at Great American Ball Park. Full lineups and game notes in here.

The cleats outfield Lewis Brinson #25 of the Miami Marlins are seen during the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

Welcome to Saturday’s Marlins (51-72, -30 RD) vs. Reds (67-57, +34 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. Nobody picked a Perfect Game on Friday.

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 Jazz Chisholm Jr.
  3. 1B Jesús Aguilar
  4. CF Lewis Brinson
  5. 3B Brian Anderson
  6. LF Jorge Alfaro
  7. RF Bryan De La Cruz
  8. C Alex Jackson
  9. RHP Zach Thompson (2021 season stats: 2.91 ERA, 3.59 FIP, 22.2 K%, 37.7 HardHit% in 52.2 IP)
Zach Thompson - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: 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 trend will continue...Rojas is the only starting player who has faced Miley in multiple career games. He mashes left-handed pitching in general, as you’ve probably noticed by now...The most well-rested pitchers available in the Marlins bullpen are Anthony Bender, Paul Campbell, Ross Detwiler, Sean Guenther, Bryan Mitchell 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. LF Aristides Aquino
  7. 3B Eugenio Suárez
  8. C Tucker Barnhart
  9. LHP Wade Miley (2021 season stats: 2.84 ERA, 3.58 FIP, 18.9 K%, 34.3 HardHit% in 133.0 IP)
Wade Miley - 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 .389 on-base percentage is seventh-best among all MLB qualifiers...The resurgent Votto is slashing .308/.401/.671 with 25 homers this season against righties like Thompson.


How to watch/listen/follow

First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 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. Which team hits the longest home run? (Marlins/Reds)
  2. Over/Under 9.5 strikeouts for Marlins batters? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 3:03 time of game? (Over/Under)
  4. Will anybody get hit by a pitch? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Marlins/Reds)