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Marlins vs. Nationals: Start time, how to watch and game thread—May 16, 2022

Sandy Alcantara and Aaron Sanchez will start Monday’s Marlins vs. Nationals game at LoanDepot Park. Full lineups and game notes in here.

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Jorge Soler smiles in the Miami Marlins dugout Photo by Danis Sosa/Fish Stripes

Welcome to Monday’s Marlins (15-19, +10 RD) vs. Nationals (12-24, -36 RD) game thread. Interesting in two free tickets to Tuesday’s game? Enter here!

It’s the opening game of a new series, which means we’ve got a special series preview article, free prop bets and an hour-long livestream with the Fish Stripes staff and special guests.

Our free Marlins prop bets contest has returned...with a few tweaks.

Use this Fish Picks link prior to every Marlins series to submit your predictions. I have divided the Marlins schedule into nine separate “innings” and will be awarding a BreakingT t-shirt to each inning’s points leader. The second inning runs from April 29 through May 18.

Nationals Starting Lineup

  1. 2B Cesar Hernandez (83 wRC+ this season, career 98 wRC+)
  2. RF Juan Soto (152, 155)
  3. 1B Josh Bell (161, 117)
  4. DH Yadiel Hernández (148, 107)
  5. C Keibert Ruiz (91, 96)
  6. 3B Maikel Franco (95, 87)
  7. LF Lane Thomas
  8. SS Dee Strange-Gordon (7, 88)
  9. CF Víctor Robles (70, 82)

(Nelson Cruz was scratched after being listed in the original lineup)

RHP Aaron Sanchez

Sanchez’s 2022 pitch distribution and Statcast percentile rankings
Sanchez’s 2022 pitch distribution and Statcast percentile rankings
Baseball Savant

Notes: Only the Rockies and Reds have allowed more runs this season than the Nats...Soto sort of owned Sandy Alcantara in 2018 and 2019. The script has flipped since then with him going 2-for-9 (both infield singles)...Strange-Gordon is playing at LoanDepot Park for the first time as a visiting player since being traded away by the Fish.

Marlins Game Notes

Marlins Starting Lineup

  1. 2B Jazz Chisholm Jr. (154 wRC+ this season, career 104 wRC+)
  2. DH Jesús Aguilar (120, 113)
  3. LF Jorge Soler (97, 110)
  4. 1B Garrett Cooper (117, 118)
  5. RF Avisaíl García (58, 102)
  6. 3B Brian Anderson (136, 113)
  7. CF Bryan De La Cruz (130, 118)
  8. SS Erik González (-13, 62)
  9. C Jacob Stallings (63, 87)

RHP Sandy Alcantara

Alcantara’s 2022 pitch distribution and Statcast percentile rankings
Alcantara’s 2022 pitch distribution and Statcast percentile rankings
Baseball Savant

Lineup Changes from Previous Game: Chisholm, Cooper and Stallings in, Payton Henry, Miguel Rojas and Jesús Sánchez out; Aguilar switches from 1B to DH, García switches from DH to RF, De La Cruz switches from RF to CF, González switches from 2B to SS

Pregame Transactions: Daniel Castano recalled from Triple-A Jacksonville, Lewin Díaz optioned to Jacksonville

Additional Notes: FanGraphs estimates a 65.5% win probability for the Marlins tonight, the largest advantage they’ve had in any game this season...If Castano isn’t needed tonight, he will presumably piggyback with Cody Poteet to cover most of Tuesday’s innings...Sending down Díaz indicates that Cooper (left knee contusion) is relatively close to full strength.

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 Fox Sports 940 Miami. Out-of-market viewers can stream the game on MLB.TV.

Noah Berger is representing Fish Stripes at LoanDepot Park as a credentialed reporter. The Marlins are 0-5 with Noah in the press box so far this season, but all streaks must eventually come to an end...right? Follow him on Twitter (@Trainboy100) for in-games updates.

Noah will handle the game recap article.

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