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Marlins vs. Pirates: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—September 18, 2021

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Edward Cabrera and Bryse Wilson will start Saturday’s Marlins vs. Pirates game at LoanDepot Park. Full lineups and game notes in here.

Miami Marlins right fielder Bryan De La Cruz (77) runs out a triple against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning at loanDepot Park Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Saturday’s Marlins (62-85, -42 RD) vs. Pirates (55-92, -207 RD) game thread.

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Pirates Starting Lineup

  1. 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes
  2. SS Kevin Newman
  3. CF Bryan Reynolds
  4. 1B Yoshi Tsutsugo
  5. LF Anthony Alford
  6. C Michael Pérez
  7. RF Cole Tucker
  8. 2B Hoy Park
  9. RHP Bryse Wilson (2021 season stats: 4.97 ERA, 5.51 FIP, 14.1 K%, 42.6 HardHit% in 67.0 IP)
Bryse Wilson - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: Wilson is getting a long lease to prove himself as a starter. That kind of opportunity wasn’t there when he originally came up through the Braves organization...David Bednar was emerging as a capable closer 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.

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 Nick Fortes
  8. 3B Eddy Alvarez
  9. RHP Edward Cabrera (2021 season stats: 6.61 ERA, 8.61 FIP, 12.7 K%, 47.9 HardHit% in 16.1 IP)
Edward Cabrera - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: Identical lineup as the season opener except with Fortes behind the plate over Payton Henry...There’s no sugarcoating the fact that Cabrera has been bad through four career starts. Further complicating matters, he exited his previous outing early due to right toe soreness...The most well-rested pitchers available out of the Marlins bullpen are Anthony Bender, Richard Bleier, Paul Campbell, Dylan Floro, Sean Guenther, Zach Pop and Taylor Williams.


How to watch/listen/follow

First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. ET. Watch on Bally Sports Florida or listen to the radio broadcast on 940 WINZ.

Isaac Azout (@IsaacAzout) is at LoanDepot Park as a credentialed reporter and 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 gets the first hit of the game? (Pirates/Marlins)
  2. Over/Under 1.5 total home runs? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 1.5 double plays turned by the Marlins? (Over/Under)
  4. Will Dylan Floro make an appearance? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Pirates/Marlins)