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Marlins vs. Nationals: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—September 13, 2021

Sandy Alcantara and Paolo Espino will start Monday’s Marlins vs. Nationals game at Nationals Park. Full lineups and game notes in here.

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara (22) delivers a first inning pitch against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Monday’s Marlins (60-83, -40 RD) vs. Nationals (59-84, -80 RD) game thread. The fight for fourth place is intensifying down the stretch!

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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 Alex Jackson
  8. 3B Isan Díaz
  9. RHP Sandy Alcantara (2021 season stats: 3.24 ERA, 3.49 FIP, 24.3 K%, 39.6 HardHit% in 180.2 IP)
Sandy Alcantara - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: Sánchez enters Monday on a power surge with home runs in three consecutive games and six in his last 13. He hasn’t gone deep yet in 12 career games against Nats pitching...The most well-rested pitchers available out of the Marlins bullpen are Anthony Bender, Dylan Floro, Sean Guenther, Steven Okert, Zach Pop and Zach Thompson, though Sandy doesn’t typically need much help.

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. C Keibert Ruiz
  8. 2B Luis García
  9. RHP Paolo Espino (2021 season stats: 4.35 ERA, 4.38 FIP, 20.4 K%, 42.6 HardHit% in 91.0 IP)
Paolo Espino - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: Soto’s plate discipline numbers continue to grow in absurdity while his brilliant hitting understandably commands respect from his opponents. He has been intentionally walked 10 times since the trade deadline alone...Not to be completely overshadowed, Bell has reached base safely in 24 of his last 25 starts...The Nats have grounded into 136 double plays, the most in the majors.

MLB career stats for active Nationals players vs. Sandy Alcantara
MLB career stats for active Nationals players vs. Sandy Alcantara

How to watch/listen/follow

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET. Watch on Bally Sports Florida or listen to the radio broadcast on 940 WINZ.

I will handle the game recap article.

Fish Picks

Please submit your picks for the following props. The contest locks at first pitch.

  1. Which team gets more hits? (Marlins/Nationals)
  2. Over/Under 8.5 strikeouts for Sandy Alcantara? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 3:05 time of game? (Over/Under)
  4. Will anybody score in the seventh inning? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Marlins/Nationals)