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Marlins vs. Pirates: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—September 19, 2021

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Sandy Alcantara and Max Kranick will start Sunday’s Marlins vs. Pirates game at LoanDepot Park. Full lineups and game notes in here.

Edward Cabrera #79 of the Miami Marlins talks with catcher Nick Fortes #84 during the second inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at loanDepot park Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

Welcome to Sunday’s Marlins (62-86, -45 RD) vs. Pirates (56-92, -204 RD) game thread. The Marlins would be officially eliminated from postseason contention if they lose or if the Braves win against the Giants.

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


Pirates Starting Lineup

  1. 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes
  2. SS Kevin Newman
  3. CF Ben Gamel
  4. 1B Colin Moran
  5. C Jacob Stallings
  6. RF Cole Tucker
  7. LF Anthony Alford
  8. 2B Hoy Park
  9. RHP Max Kranick (2021 season stats: 7.66 ERA, 4.78 FIP, 16.0 K%, 37.2 HardHit% in 24.2 IP)
Max Kranick - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: This is the fourth consecutive series that the Pirates have won the first two games. In each of those previous opportunities, though, they have come up short in the finale. In fact, the Bucs haven’t swept a series all season. Sitting two of their most dangerous hitters today, Bryan Reynolds and Yoshi Tsutsugo, won’t help matters.

Marlins Starting Lineup

  1. SS Jazz Chisholm Jr.
  2. CF Bryan De La Cruz
  3. RF Jesús Sánchez
  4. LF Lewis Brinson
  5. 1B Lewin Díaz
  6. 2B Joe Panik
  7. C Alex Jackson
  8. 3B Eddy Alvarez
  9. RHP Sandy Alcantara (2021 season stats: 3.10 ERA, 3.40 FIP, 24.3 K%, 39.5 HardHit% in 188.2 IP)
Sandy Alcantara - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: As excited as we were for Lewis Brinson coming out of the All-Star break, his 2021 hitting stats (.228/.269/.390, 80 wRC+) are now indistinguishable from last season’s (.226/.268/.368, 74 wRC+)...The most well-rested pitchers available out of the Marlins bullpen are Anthony Bass, Anthony Bender, Richard Bleier, Dylan Floro, Steven Okert, Zach Pop and Zach Thompson.


How to watch/listen/follow

First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. ET. Watch on Bally Sports Florida or listen to the radio broadcast on 940 WINZ.

Louis Addeo-Weiss (@addeo_louis00) is at LoanDepot Park as a credentialed reporter and will handle the game recap article.

Weather permitting, all Marlins full-season minor league affiliates are in action except for Double-A Pensacola (COVID contract tracing). 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 total players? (Pirates/Marlins)
  2. Over/Under 1.5 runs allowed by Sandy Alcantara? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 100.3 miles per hour for Sandy’s fastest pitch? (Over/Under)
  4. Will Joe Panik get a hit? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Pirates/Marlins)