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Marlins vs. Mets: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—August 5, 2021

Rich Hill and Braxton Garrett will start Thursday’s Marlins vs. Mets game at LoanDepot Park. Full lineups and game notes in here.

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Miami Marlins second baseman Isan Diaz (1) gets the force out of New York Mets left fielder Dominic Smith (2) in the 9th inning at loanDepot park Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Thursday’s Marlins (46-62, 0 RD) vs. Mets (56-51, -9 RD) game thread. These division rivals are each other’s most common opponent the rest of the season with 12 head-to-head games remaining on the schedule.

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Mets Starting Lineup

  1. 2B Jonathan Villar
  2. 1B Pete Alonso
  3. LF Dominic Smith
  4. 3B J.D. Davis
  5. SS Javier Báez
  6. RF Michael Conforto
  7. C James McCann
  8. CF Albert Almora Jr.
  9. LHP Rich Hill (2021 season stats: 4.10 ERA, 4.74 FIP, 22.2 K%, 35.9 HardHit% in 105.1 IP)
Rich Hill - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: The Mets have been the epitome of a .500 team since the end of May with no winning or losing streaks longer than three games during that period...The oldest starting pitcher in the majors, Hill is on pace for one of the heaviest workloads of his career. Despite his longevity, Joe Panik and Jesús Aguilar are the only active Marlins who have faced the southpaw in multiple regular season games.

MLB career stats for active Marlins players vs. Rich Hill
MLB career stats for active Marlins players vs. Rich Hill

Marlins Starting Lineup

  1. SS Miguel Rojas
  2. 2B Jazz Chisholm Jr.
  3. C Jorge Alfaro
  4. LF Lewis Brinson
  5. 3B Brian Anderson
  6. 1B Joe Panik
  7. RF Bryan De La Cruz
  8. CF Magneuris Sierra
  9. LHP Braxton Garrett (2021 season stats: 4.37 ERA, 4.57 FIP, 20.2 K%, 39.7 HardHit% in 22.2 IP)
Braxton Garrett - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: Don Mattingly tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms. James Rowson will serve as acting manager in the meantime. The Marlins are 2-3 so far in games managed by Rowson...Happy birthday to Garrett! He turns 24 today...The most well-rested relievers available in the Marlins bullpen are Anthony Bender, David Hess and newly reinstated Paul Campbell. Austin Pruitt would’ve belonged in that sentence, but he was designated for assignment to make room for Garrett. After pitching on four of the past five days, Anthony Bass is presumed to be unavailable.

How to watch/listen/follow

First pitch is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. ET. Watch on Bally Sports Florida or listen to the radio broadcast on 940 WINZ.

All four 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 throws the fastest pitch? (Mets/Marlins)
  2. Over/Under 1.5 hits for Miguel Rojas? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 9.5 total pitchers used? (Over/Under)
  4. Will the Marlins commit any errors? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Mets/Marlins)