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Marlins vs. Rockies: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—August 8, 2021

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David Hess and Kyle Freeland will start Sunday’s Marlins vs. Rockies game at Coors Field. Full lineups and game notes in here.

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Miami Marlins principal owner Bruce Sherman attending a game in 2019 Photo by Danis Sosa/Fish Stripes

Welcome to Sunday’s Marlins (47-64, -13 RD) vs. Rockies (50-61, -35 RD) game thread.

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Marlins Starting Lineup

  1. SS Miguel Rojas
  2. 1B Jesús Aguilar
  3. LF Jorge Alfaro
  4. CF Lewis Brinson
  5. 3B Brian Anderson
  6. 2B Jazz Chisholm Jr.
  7. C Alex Jackson
  8. RF Bryan De La Cruz
  9. RHP David Hess

Notes: Don Mattingly tested positive for COVID-19 and experienced mild symptoms. James Rowson will serve as acting manager likely through the remainder of this road trip. The Marlins are 3-5 so far in games managed by Rowson...Hess is the 17th different starting pitcher used by the Marlins this season. His highest pitch count since joining the team was 65 (July 19 vs. Nationals)...The most well-rested pitchers available out of the Marlins bullpen are Anthony Bender, Richard Bleier, Paul Campbell, Dylan Floro, Sean Guenther and David Hess.

Rockies Starting Lineup

  1. LF Raimel Tapia
  2. 3B Ryan McMahon
  3. SS Trevor Story
  4. RF Charlie Blackmon
  5. 1B C.J. Cron
  6. CF Sam Hilliard
  7. 2B Garrett Hampson
  8. C Dom Nuñez
  9. LHP Kyle Freeland (2021 season stats: 4.46 ERA, 4.97 FIP, 18.0 K%, 38.4 HardHit% in 66.2 IP)
Kyle Freeland - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: The Rockies have been great at home in 2021, and it’s all about their run production. They’re averaging 5.74 runs per game in the high altitude while allowing 4.73...Brendan Rodgers comes into the day riding a career-best 14-game hitting streak, but he’s recovering from the bruised right hand he suffered on Saturday’s hit by pitch.


How to watch/listen/follow

First pitch is scheduled for 3:10 p.m. ET. Watch on Bally Sports Florida or listen to the radio broadcast on 940 WINZ.

Louis Addeo-Weiss will handle the game recap article.

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 player gets more total bases? (Jorge Alfaro/Charlie Blackmon)
  2. Over/Under 10.5 total runs scored? (Over/Under)
  3. Will there be any triples? (Yes/No)
  4. Will there be a save recorded? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Marlins/Rockies)