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Marlins vs. Reds: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—August 28, 2021

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Vladimir Gutierrez and Sandy Alcantara will start Saturday’s Marlins vs. Reds game at LoanDepot Park. Full lineups and game notes in here.

Miami Marlins right fielder Lewis Brinson (25) tosses his helmet after flying out against the Washington Nationals to end the third inning at loanDepot Park Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Saturday’s Marlins (53-76, -42 RD) vs. Reds (71-59, +43 RD) game thread. LoanDepot Park is holding a Dominican Heritage celebration!

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Reds Starting Lineup

  1. 2B Jonathan India
  2. CF Tyler Naquin
  3. RF Nick Castellanos
  4. 1B Joey Votto
  5. 3B Mike Moustakas
  6. SS Kyle Farmer
  7. C Tucker Barnhart
  8. LF Max Schrock
  9. RHP Vladimir Gutierrez (2021 season stats: 3.68 ERA, 4.78 FIP, 18.7 K%, 37.5 HardHit% in 93.0 IP)
Vladimir Gutierrez - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: Identical lineup to the one that Cincinnati used in Friday’s series-opening win...The Reds offense is averaging more than five runs per game for the first time since 2005...Marlins pitchers have done their small part to prevent India from running away in the National League Rookie of the Year race, allowing a .176/.222/.235 slash line to him in five games.

Marlins Starting Lineup

  1. SS Miguel Rojas
  2. 2B Jazz Chisholm Jr.
  3. 1B Jesús Aguilar
  4. LF Jorge Alfaro
  5. 3B Brian Anderson
  6. RF Jesús Sánchez
  7. CF Bryan De La Cruz
  8. C Alex Jackson
  9. RHP Sandy Alcantara (2021 season stats: 3.35 ERA, 3.72 FIP, 22.5 K%, 38.8 HardHit% in 158.1 IP)
Sandy Alcantara - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: Lewis Brinson (left thumb sprain) will avoid the injured list and be available to contribute off the bench tonight, Don Mattingly says...The most well-rested relievers available in the Marlins bullpen are Anthony Bass, Anthony Bender, Richard Bleier, Ross Detwiler, Dylan Floro, Steven Okert and Austin Pruitt.


How to watch/listen/follow

First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. ET. Watch on Bally Sports Florida or listen to the radio broadcast on 940 WINZ.

Hector Rodriguez (@Hector_Baseball) is covering the game at LoanDepot Park as a credentialed reporter and will handle the game recap article. Danis Sosa is there as a photographer.

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? (Reds/Marlins)
  2. Over/Under 16.5 changeups thrown by Sandy Alcantara? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 10,500 announced attendance? (Over/Under)
  4. Will Magneuris Sierra reach base safely? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Reds/Marlins)