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Marlins vs. Pirates: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—September 17, 2021

Elieser Hernandez and Wil Crowe will start Friday’s Marlins vs. Pirates game at LoanDepot Park. Full lineups and game notes in here.

Miami Marlins relief pitcher Anthony Bass (52) delivers a pitch in the 7th inning against the New York Mets at loanDepot park Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Friday’s Marlins (62-84, -41 RD) vs. Pirates (54-92, -208 RD) game thread. This begins Miami’s second-to-last homestand of the 2021 season.

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Pirates Starting Lineup

  1. 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes
  2. RF Yoshi Tsutsugo
  3. CF Bryan Reynolds
  4. 1B Brian Moran
  5. C Jacob Stallings
  6. SS Cole Tucker
  7. LF Anthony Alford
  8. 2B Hoy Park
  9. RHP Wil Crowe (2021 season stats: 5.97 ERA, 5.91 FIP, 20.7 K%, 37.3 HardHit% in 101.0 IP)
Wil Crowe - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: Crowe has faced the second-most batters among all Pirates this season, so it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that they have the second-worst team ERA in the National League (5.)...Tsutsugo is excelling since being picked up off the scrap heap (.296/.393/.690, 180 wRC+). He had zero home runs in 38 combined games with the Rays and Dodgers, but has gone deep seven times in 27 contests with the Bucs...David Bednar was emerging as a capable close for Pittsburgh, he went down with a right oblique strain. The injury likely ends his season, and at the very least, sidelines him for this series.

MLB career stats for active Nationals players vs. Elieser Hernandez
MLB career stats for active Nationals players vs. Elieser Hernandez

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 Payton Henry
  8. 3B Eddy Alvarez
  9. RHP Elieser Hernandez (2021 season stats: 4.14 ERA, 5.14 FIP, 23.4 K%, 37.8 HardHit% in 37.0 IP)
Elieser Hernandez - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: Welcome to The Show, Payton Henry! And Nick Fortes! Both catchers were brought up from Triple-A Jacksonville, filling the shoes of Jorge Alfaro (calf strain) and Isan Díaz (demoted to Triple-A)...If Rojas starts in his usual spot near the top of the batting order and plays the complete game, he’ll reach 500 plate appearances for the season and trigger the 2022 vesting option in his contract (Rojas must also enter the offseason without a severe injury to make things official).

How to watch/listen/follow

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 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 uses more mound visits? (Pirates/Marlins)
  2. Over/Under 2.5 total bases for Jesús Sánchez? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 8,500 announced attendance? (Over/Under)
  4. Will the Marlins steal any bases? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Pirates/Marlins)