Welcome to Tuesday’s Marlins (51-74, -35 RD) vs. Nationals (53-70, -52 RD) game thread. By sweeping the series, the Fish can leapfrog the Nats into fourth place in the NL East standings.
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Nationals Starting Lineup
- CF Lane Thomas
- SS Alcides Escobar
- RF Juan Soto
- 1B Ryan Zimmerman
- 3B Carter Kieboom
- LF Yadiel Hernández
- C Tres Barrera
- 2B Luis García
- RHP Erick Fedde (2021 season stats: 5.14 ERA, 4.56 FIP, 20.6 K%, 41.8 HardHit% in 96.1 IP)
Notes: With very little protection for him in the lineup, Soto has drawn an astounding 26 walks in 20 games played since the trade deadline...The former top prospect Kieboom has been taking advantage of everyday reps at third base, slashing .288/.372/.479 during that same span.
Marlins Starting Lineup
- SS Miguel Rojas
- 2B Jazz Chisholm Jr.
- LF Lewis Brinson
- RF Jesús Sánchez
- 3B Brian Anderson
- 1B Jorge Alfaro
- CF Bryan De La Cruz
- C Alex Jackson
- LHP Jesús Luzardo (2021 season stats: 7.76 ERA, 6.22 FIP, 21.8 K%, 38.0 HardHit% in 55.2 IP)
Notes: Top pitching prospect Edward Cabrera has joined the team in Miami, but won’t be formally recalled until Wednesday. Who will lose their roster spot as the corresponding move? Most likely a reliever, but Luzardo himself could be a demotion/phantom injury candidate if he has yet another awful outing...Our own Juan Páez is encouraged by the improvement that Chisholm has shown in several areas during August.
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.
Danilo Santos is covering the game at LoanDepot Park as a credentialed reporter. 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.
Please submit your picks for the following props. The contest locks at first pitch.
- Which starting pitcher lasts longer? (Erick Fedde/Jesús Luzardo)
- Over/Under 9.5 total runs scored? (Over/Under)
- Over/Under 2.5 hard-hit balls by Jesús Aguilar? (Over/Under)
- Will there be a save recorded? (Yes/No)
- Who wins? (Nationals/Marlins)