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Marlins vs. Nationals: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—September 20, 2021

Jesús Luzardo and Erick Fedde will start Monday’s Marlins vs. Nationals game at LoanDepot Park. Full lineups and game notes in here.

Eddy Alvarez #65 of the Miami Marlins attempts to catch a ball in the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at loanDepot park Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

Welcome to Monday’s Marlins (63-86, -44 RD) vs. Nationals (61-88, -83 RD) game thread. This marks the fifth anniversary of José Fernández’s final game, which he coincidentally pitched against the Nats in Miami.

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 David Tobin and Hisoka, both of whom picked a Perfect Game on Sunday.

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.

Nationals Starting Lineup

  1. CF Lane Thomas
  2. SS Alcides Escobar
  3. RF Juan Soto
  4. LF Josh Bell
  5. 1B Ryan Zimmerman
  6. C Keibert Ruiz
  7. 3B Carter Kieboom
  8. 2B Luis García
  9. RHP Erick Fedde (2021 season stats: 5.16 ERA, 4.48 FIP, 22.4 K%, 40.8 HardHit% in 122.0 IP)
Erick Fedde - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: Soto’s masterful stretch at the plate coinciding with Washington’s losingest stretch since relocating is just another reminder that no individual player can truly carry a team...Since 2020, four of Fedde’s top eight Game Scores have come against the Marlins. His excellence in this matchup may be the only thing saving him from being non-tendered during the offseason.

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 Payton Henry
  8. 3B Eddy Alvarez
  9. LHP Jesús Luzardo (2021 season stats: 6.80 ERA, 5.90 FIP, 21.2 K%, 39.0 HardHit% in 82.0 IP)
Jesús Luzardo - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: Miguel Rojas is day-to-day with a left knee contusion. It’s unclear whether he’ll be available to pinch-hit in the later innings (I’d assume not)...The most well-rested pitchers available out of the Marlins bullpen are Anthony Bass, Paul Campbell, Sean Guenther, Zach Pop (happy birthday!), Zach Thompson and Taylor Williams.

MLB career stats for active Marlins players vs. Erick Fedde
MLB career stats for active Marlins players vs. Erick Fedde

How to watch/listen/follow

First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 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. Who gets more total bases? (Ryan Zimmerman/Miguel Rojas)
  2. Over/Under 5.5 strikeouts for Jesús Luzardo? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 8.5 total runs scored? (Over/Under)
  4. Will there be any hit by pitches? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Nationals/Marlins)