Welcome to Tuesday’s Marlins (22-30, +7 RD) vs. Nationals (21-35, -77 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.
Nationals Starting Lineup
- 2B Cesár Hernández (89, 98)
- CF Lane Thomas (92, 100)
- RF Juan Soto (134, 153)
- DH Nelson Cruz (98, 131)
- 1B Josh Bell (125, 115)
- LF Yadiel Hernández (106, 98)
- C Keibert Ruiz (92, 96)
- 3B Maikel Franco (89, 87)
- SS Luis García (122, 81)
RHP Joan Adon
Notes: The Nats are allowing 5.86 runs per road game this season. They have a bottom-five MLB defense according to both Defensive Runs Saved (-23 DRS) and Outs Above Average (-22 OAA)...It’s nice to see that the soon-to-be 42-year-old Cruz has something left in the tank. Since these teams previously met in mid-May, he is slashing .418/.492/.564 (197 wRC+) in 64 plate appearances.
Marlins Starting Lineup
- 2B Jazz Chisholm Jr.(126 wRC+ this season, career 102 wRC+)
- DH Garrett Cooper (139, 120)
- LF Jorge Soler (116, 112)
- 1B Jesús Aguilar (102, 112)
- RF Avisaíl García (56, 102)
- CF Jesús Sánchez (100, 102)
- 3B Jon Berti (148, 102)
- SS Miguel Rojas (78, 87)
- C Nick Fortes (219, 187)
RHP Edward Cabrera
Brian Anderson underwent MRI. Spine specialist tomorrow.— Christina De Nicola (@CDeNicola13) June 7, 2022
Anthony Bender is playing catch and feeling good.
Jesús Luzardo still not throwing.
Joey Wendle reporting no soreness right now for hammy.
Jordan Holloway live BP Friday.
Paul Campbell no throw. #Marlins
Additional Notes: Marlins players and coaches held a lengthy team meeting prior to the game...Cooper has been Miami’s best hitter lately. He told Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald that he was getting too pull-happy earlier in the season. Over the last two weeks, his pull rate is fifth-lowest among MLB qualified batters, according to FanGraphs...Chisholm has slumped since returning from his minor hamstring injury (.071/.161/.179, 5 wRC+ in 31 PA)...Aguilar’s next homer will be the 100th of his MLB career.
How to Watch/Listen/Follow
First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. ET. Watch on Bally Sports Florida—Paul Severino and Tommy Hutton—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. Follow him on Twitter (@Trainboy100) for in-game updates. Alex Krutchik will handle the game recap article.
All Marlins minor league affiliates are also in action. Follow @FishProspects for notes and highlights.