Welcome to Tuesday’s Marlins (18-22, +17 RD) vs. Rays (24-17, +12 RD) game thread.
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 third inning runs from May 20 through June 9.
Marlins Game Notes
Marlins Starting Lineup
- DH Garrett Cooper (114 wRC+ this season, career 118 wRC+)
- 1B Jesús Aguilar (119, 113)
- LF Jorge Soler (111, 111)
- RF Avisaíl García (56, 102)
- 3B Brian Anderson (131, 112)
- C Jacob Stallings (71, 86)
- CF Jesús Sánchez (95, 101)
- SS Erik González (48, 63)
- 2B Joe Dunand (314, 314)
RHP Pablo López
Lineup Changes from Previous Game: Dunand and Soler in, Bryan De La Cruz and Jazz Chisholm Jr. out; Cooper moves up from 3 to 1, Stallings moves up from 9 to 6
Additional Notes: It’s unclear how much Chisholm and Rojas will be available to contribute off the bench while battling hamstring and calf injuries, respectively...López has another opportunity to raise his career winning percentage over the .500 mark...Dunand is once again being deployed at second base, where he had no formal experience playing during his minor league career.
Rays Starting Lineup
- CF Kevin Kiermaier (116, 99)
- SS Wander Franco (108, 120)
- LF Randy Arozarena (115, 130)
- 1B Ji-Man Choi (141, 118)
- DH Harold Ramirez (100, 92)
- RF Brett Phillips (112, 86)
- 3B Isaac Paredes (140, 75)
- 2B Taylor Walls (53, 69)
- C Mike Zunino (51, 88)
LHP Shane McClanahan
Notes: Harold! The effervescent Colombian outfielder is set to face his original MLB team for the first time. Ramirez has been making more contact than ever (9.9 K%), but has yet to hit a home run in 2022...Franco owns an awful 057/.105/.057 slash line over his last 10 games, dragging down his overall production close to league average...McClanahan has pitched brilliantly so far during his sophomore season and his improved changeup is among the reasons why. Compared to 2021, he’s getting an extra two miles per hour of velocity separation between his fastball and change.
How to Watch/Listen/Follow
First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. ET. Watch on Bally Sports Florida—Paul Severino and J.P. Arencibia—or listen to the radio broadcast on Fox Sports 940 Miami (Kyle Sielaff and Rod Allen). Out-of-market viewers can stream the game on MLB.TV.
Noah Berger is representing Fish Stripes at Tropicana Field as a credentialed reporter. Follow him on Twitter (@Trainboy100) for in-game updates. Alex Krutchik will handle the game recap article.
All four Marlins full-season minor league affiliates are also in action. Follow @FishProspects for notes and highlights.