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Marlins vs. Nationals: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—September 22, 2021

Elieser Hernandez and Josiah Gray will start Wednesday’s Marlins vs. Nationals game at LoanDepot Park. Full lineups and game notes in here.

Miami Marlins catcher Nick Fortes (84) celebrates his solo home run while rounding the bases in the 5th inning against the Washington Nationals at loanDepot park Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Wednesday’s Marlins (64-87, -49 RD) vs. Nationals (62-89, -78 RD) game thread. It’s the 19th and final meeting between these teams in 2021.

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. Nobody picked a Perfect Game on Tuesday.

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. 1B Josh Bell
  5. LF Yadiel Hernandez
  6. 3B Carter Kieboom
  7. C Alex Avila
  8. 2B Luis García
  9. RHP Josiah Gray (2021 season stats: 6.24 ERA, 6.98 FIP, 24.2 K%, 35.8 HardHit% in 53.1 IP)
Josiah Gray - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: Think of Gray as Washington’s version of Jesús Luzardo, an extremely highly regarded prospect who’s being given a long leash to “figure it out” at the major league level despite awful results...Since the trade deadline passed, the Nats bullpen is dead last among MLB teams in FanGraphs Wins Above Replacement (-1.1 fWAR), though they got the job done on Tuesday.

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 Eddy Alvarez
  9. RHP Elieser Hernandez (2021 season stats: 3.80 ERA, 5.08 FIP, 21.7 K%, 36.4 HardHit% in 42.2 IP)
Elieser Hernandez- 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: The Marlins have not had the same catcher start consecutive games since September 13-14...The most well-rested pitchers available out of the Marlins bullpen are Anthony Bender, Richard Bleier, Paul Campbell, Dylan Floro, Steven Okert, Zach Pop and Zach Thompson.

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.

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

Fish Picks

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

  1. Which starting pitcher lasts longer? (Josiah Gray/Elieser Hernandez)
  2. Over/Under 4.5 Marlins runs? (Over/Under)
  3. Will there be any sacrifice bunts? (Yes/No)
  4. Will there be a save recorded? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Nationals/Marlins)