Welcome to Friday’s Marlins (25-30, +21 RD) vs. Astros (36-21, +45 RD) game thread.
It’s the opening game of a new series, which means we’ve got 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 June 10 through June 29.
Marlins Game Notes
Marlins Starting Lineup
- 2B Jazz Chisholm Jr. (133 wRC+ this season, career 103 wRC+)
- 1B Garrett Cooper (147, 120)
- LF Jorge Soler (126, 112)
- DH Jesús Aguilar (96, 112)
- CF Jesús Sánchez (108, 101)
- 3B Jon Berti (140, 102)
- SS Miguel Rojas (80, 87)
- C Jacob Stallings (53, 86)
- RF Bryan De La Cruz (77, 107)
RHP Pablo López
Lineup Changes from Previous Game: Soler in, Avisaíl García out; De La Cruz switches from LF to RF, Cooper and Aguilar swap 1B/DH
Additional Notes: Cooper is riding an insane streak of six multi-hit games in a row. It’d be eight straight if you exclude his injury-shortened appearance in the nightcap of the June 1 doubleheader...As Alex Krutchik pointed out in Thursday’s recap, Tanner Scott has repeatedly been used in conventional closer situations so far in June. Expect that usage to continue for the near future...The Marlins plucked right-handed reliever Aneurys Zabala and catcher Jan Mercado from Double-A Pensacola to join their taxi squad for the first leg of this road trip...Soler returns to the stadium where he cemented himself as the 2021 World Series MVP.
Astros Starting Lineup
- 2B José Altuve (159, 126)
- LF Michael Brantley (129, 118)
- 3B Alex Bregman (115, 138)
- DH Yordan Álvarez (194, 160)
- RF Kyle Tucker (145, 133)
- 1B Yuli Gurriel (80, 115)
- SS Jeremy Peña (131, 131)
- CF Chas McCormick (109, 109)
- C Martin Maldonado (32, 71)
RHP Luis García
Notes: There are plenty of noticeable differences between the Astros and Miami’s previous opponent, the Nationals. Perhaps the most glaring one is team defense. The Astros enter this series with a major league-leading 22 outs above average and they’re tied for second with 27 defensive runs saved...For The Crawfish Boxes, Juan Páez details the awesomeness of the newly extended yet still underrated Yordan Álvarez. This will be Álvarez’s first time facing the Marlins outside of spring training...Houston had an off day on Thursday and stayed away from high-leverage relievers in their previous game as well, so those arms are well-rested.
How to Watch/Listen/Follow
First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET. Watch on Bally Sports Florida—Paul Severino and Rod Allen—or listen to the radio broadcast on Fox Sports 940 Miami. Out-of-market viewers can stream the game on MLB.TV.
I will handle the game recap article.
All Marlins minor league affiliates are also in action. Follow @FishProspects for notes and highlights.