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Marlins vs. Braves: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—September 11, 2021

Elieser Hernandez and Charlie Morton will start Saturday’s Marlins vs. Braves game at Truist Park. Full lineups and game notes in here.

Bryan De La Cruz #77 of the Miami Marlins celebrates after hitting a walk off single for an rbi in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at loanDepot park Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

Welcome to Saturday’s Marlins (59-82, -40 RD) vs. Braves (75-65, +100 RD) game thread.

During every Marlins game, join in on the Fish Picks prop bets fun. They give you something to focus on even with the team out of World Series contention. Please use this link!

Picks are only valid if submitted to us prior to first pitch.

The Fish Picks leaderboard is updated daily. Congrats to SkepticFishFan, Tom808 and @vjmwilliams, each of whom picked a Perfect Game on Friday.

At the end of each month, the Fish Picks winner—whoever has the percentage of correct picks (among qualifiers)—will receive a hand-painted Trevor Rogers baseball card.

Everybody’s point totals have been reset for the start of September.

Marlins Starting Lineup

  1. SS Miguel Rojas
  2. 2B Jazz Chisholm Jr.
  3. CF Bryan De La Cruz
  4. RF Jesús Sánchez
  5. LF Lewis Brinson
  6. 1B Lewin Díaz
  7. C Jorge Alfaro
  8. 3B Eddy Alvarez
  9. RHP Elieser Hernandez (2021 season stats: 3.90 ERA, 5.57 FIP, 24.3 K%, 40.4 HardHit% in 32.1 IP)
Elieser Hernandez - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: This is just the second start for Alvarez since he was called up from Triple-A...Poor Alex Jackson has struck out in 10 of his first 14 plate appearances against his former team...The most well-rested pitchers available out of the Marlins bullpen are Anthony Bass, Anthony Bender, Richard Bleier, Paul Campbell, Dylan Floro, Sean Guenther and Zach Pop.

MLB career stats for active Marlins players vs. Charlie Morton
MLB career stats for active Marlins players vs. Charlie Morton

Braves Starting Lineup

  1. 2B Ozzie Albies
  2. RF Jorge Soler
  3. 1B Freddie Freeman
  4. 3B Austin Riley
  5. LF Adam Duvall
  6. C Travis d’Arnaud
  7. SS Dansby Swanson
  8. CF Joc Pederson
  9. RHP Charlie Morton (2021 season stats: 3.47 ERA, 3.29 FIP, 28.6 K%, 32.5 HardHit% in 158.0 IP)
Charlie Morton - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: To summarize the 2021 NL East in a single sentence, the Braves were at or below the .500 mark for the entire first half of the season yet enter Saturday with 87.4% odds of making the postseason, according to FanGraphs.

How to watch/listen/follow

First pitch is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. ET. Watch on Bally Sports Florida or listen to the radio broadcast on 940 WINZ.

I 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 draws more walks? (Marlins/Braves)
  2. Over/Under 8.5 hard-hit balls (exit velocity of 95+ mph) for the Marlins? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 8.5 total runs scored? (Over/Under)
  4. Will Anthony Bender make an appearance? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Marlins/Braves)