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Marlins vs. Rays: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—September 25, 2021

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Sandy Alcantara and Shane McClanahan will start Saturday’s Marlins vs. Rays game at Tropicana Field. Full lineups and game notes in here.

Miami Marlins right fielder Bryan De La Cruz (77) on deck to at during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Saturday’s Marlins (64-89, -59 RD) vs. Rays (95-59, +186 RD) game thread. The Marlins have already clinched their lowest-ever winning percentage in interleague play.

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 SeanF, who picked a Perfect Game on Friday.

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.


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 Sandy León

RHP Sandy Alcantara (2021 season stats: 3.05 ERA, 3.37 FIP, 24.1 K%, 39.3 HardHit% in 194.2 IP)

Sandy Alcantara - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: The Marlins own a meager 3-15 record in interleague play...Detailed piece from Devan Fink of FanGraphs about how Alcantara has unlocked the best version of himself...Sánchez has started 28 straight games, the longest streak for any Marlins player at any point this season...The most well-rested pitchers available out of the Marlins bullpen are Anthony Bass, Anthony Bender, Richard Bleier, Paul Campbell, Dylan Floro, Luis Madero and Steven Okert.

Rays Starting Lineup

  1. 2B Brandon Lowe
  2. 1B Ji-Man Choi
  3. LF Randy Arozarena
  4. DH Austin Meadows
  5. SS Joey Wendle
  6. 3B Yandy Díaz
  7. CF Kevin Kiermaier
  8. RF Brett Phillips
  9. C Mike Zunino

LHP Shane McClanahan (2021 season stats: 3.51 ERA, 3.28 FIP, 27.9 K%, 45.0 HardHit% in 115.1 IP)

Shane McClanahan - 2021 Frequency of Pitches by Pitch Speed Baseball Savant

Notes: Dating back to late July, Wander Franco has reached base safely in 40 consecutive games...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 6:10 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 gets the first hit of the game? (Marlins/Rays)
  2. Over/Under 1.5 total bases for Bryan De La Cruz? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 69.5 strikes thrown by Sandy Alcantara? (Over/Under)
  4. Will the Marlins hit any home runs? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Marlins/Rays)