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Marlins vs. Rays: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—September 24, 2021

Edward Cabrera and David Robertson will start Friday’s Marlins vs. Rays game at Tropicana Field. Full lineups and game notes in here.

Lewis Brinson #25 of the Miami Marlins reacts after hitting a double during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at loanDepot park Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Welcome to Friday’s Marlins (64-88, -51 RD) vs. Rays (94-59, +178 RD) game thread. This is the final interleague series that the Marlins will play in 2021.

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

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. DH Nick Fortes
  8. 3B Eddy Alvarez
  9. C Payton Henry

RHP Edward Cabrera (2021 season stats: 5.31 ERA, 7.29 FIP, 17.4 K%, 45.8 HardHit% in 20.1 IP)

Edward Cabrera - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: The Marlins own a meager 3-14 record in interleague play...I’m a broken record on this topic, but it’s still bizarre how rarely Cabrera is using his fastball (36.0% usage). Who cares about his poor results with it thus far? Cabrera will eventually need it to upset hitters’ timing and change their eye level...The Marlins have not had the same catcher start consecutive games since September 13-14.

Rays Starting Lineup

  1. 2B Brandon Lowe
  2. SS Wander Franco
  3. 1B Ji-Man Choi
  4. DH Nelson Cruz
  5. LF Austin Meadows
  6. RF Randy Arozarena
  7. 3B Joey Wendle
  8. C Francisco Mejía
  9. CF Kevin Kiermaier

RHP David Robertson (2021 season stats: 5.63 ERA, 2.66 FIP, 36.1 K%, 40.0 HardHit% in 8.0 IP)

David Robertson - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: Robertson hasn’t pitched more than one inning in any game since joining the Rays roster earlier this month. This will be his 701st major league appearance—regular season and postseason combined—but his very first in a “starting” role...Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times anticipates lefty Ryan Yarbrough serving as the club’s bulk guy tonight...Star rookie Wander Franco (.285/.347/.463, 127 wRC+, 2.2 fWAR) has recovered from his strained right hamstring just in time for this series...Old friend Adam Conley is here! The Rays seldom use him in important situations, but he’s been great against left-handed batters (albeit in a tiny sample).

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.

Fish Picks

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

  1. Which team throws more pitches in the dirt? (Marlins/Rays)
  2. Over/Under 4.5 Marlins pitchers used? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 3:07 time of game? (Over/Under)
  4. Will Lewis Brinson get a hit? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Marlins/Rays)