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Marlins vs. Nationals: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—August 25, 2021

Josiah Gray and Edward Cabrera and will start Wednesday’s Marlins vs. Nationals game at LoanDepot Park. Full lineups and game notes in here.


Welcome to Wednesday’s Marlins (51-75, -39 RD) vs. Nationals (54-70, -48 RD) game thread. Happy Eddy Day!

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Nationals Starting Lineup

  1. CF Lane Thomas
  2. SS Alcides Escobar
  3. RF Juan Soto
  4. 1B Josh Bell
  5. LF Yadiel Hernández
  6. 3B Carter Kieboom
  7. 2B Luis García
  8. C Riley Adams
  9. RHP Josiah Gray (2021 season stats: 3.90 ERA, 6.71 FIP, 28.0 K%, 32.9 HardHit% in 30.0 IP)
Josiah Gray - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: With very little protection for him in the lineup, Soto has drawn an astounding 27 walks in 21 games played since the trade deadline...The former top prospect Kieboom has been taking advantage of everyday reps at third base, slashing .273/.356/.455 during that same span...After allowing 11 home runs through his first 30 big league innings, Gray must be feeling grateful for the opportunity to pitch at LoanDepot Park.

Marlins Starting Lineup

  1. 2B Jazz Chisholm Jr.
  2. 1B Jesús Aguilar
  3. RF Jesús Sánchez
  4. LF Lewis Brinson
  5. 3B Brian Anderson
  6. 2B Isan Díaz
  7. C Jorge Alfaro
  8. CF Bryan De La Cruz
  9. RHP Edward Cabrera (2021 MiLB season stats: 2.93 ERA, 3.24 FIP, 36.9 K% in 61.1 IP)

Notes: We are awaiting the corresponding roster move that will allow the Marlins to officially activate Cabrera...Over the last two weeks, Alex Jackson is striking out at a 59.0% rate (23 K in 39 PA). He is particularly vulnerable against pitches waist-high or above...The most well-rested relievers available in the Marlins bullpen are Anthony Bass, Anthony Bender, Richard Bleier, Paul Campbell, Dylan Floro and Steven Okert.

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.

Isaac Azout (@IsaacAzout) is covering the game at LoanDepot Park as a credentialed reporter and 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 the last run of the game? (Nationals/Marlins)
  2. Over/Under 6.5 strikeouts for Edward Cabrera? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 99.9 miles per hour for Cabrera’s fastest pitch? (Over/Under)
  4. Will there be any triples? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Nationals/Marlins)