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Marlins vs. Nationals: Start time, how to watch and game thread—June 8, 2022

Sandy Alcantara and Josiah Gray will start Wednesday’s Marlins vs. Nationals game at LoanDepot Park. Full lineups and game notes in here.

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Jazz Chisholm Jr. #2 of the Miami Marlins celebrates after hitting a grand slam in the second inning against the Washington Nationals at loanDepot park on June 07, 2022 in Miami, Florida. Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

Welcome to Wednesday’s Marlins (23-30, +17 RD) vs. Nationals (21-36, -87 RD) game thread.

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Nationals Starting Lineup

  1. 2B Cesár Hernández (89, 98)
  2. LF Lane Thomas (92, 100)
  3. RF Juan Soto (134, 153)
  4. DH Nelson Cruz (98, 131)
  5. 1B Josh Bell (125, 115)
  6. SS Luis García (122, 81)
  7. C Keibert Ruiz (92, 96)
  8. 3B Ehire Adrianza (-100, 84)
  9. CF Victor Robles (78, 82)

RHP Josiah Gray

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

Notes: Gray is struggling against left-handed batters this season, issuing nearly as many walks plus HBPs (20) as strikeouts (25) when he’s at a platoon disadvantage. Lefties also account for the majority of his home runs allowed (eight of 14)...The Nats are allowing 6.07 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 .414/.493/.569 (198 wRC+) in 68 plate appearances.

Marlins Game Notes

Marlins Starting Lineup

  1. 2B Jazz Chisholm Jr. (136 wRC+ this season, career 103 wRC+)
  2. 1B Garrett Cooper (139, 120)
  3. LF Jorge Soler (116, 112)
  4. DH Jesús Aguilar (102, 112)
  5. RF Avisaíl García (56, 102)
  6. 3B Jon Berti (148, 102)
  7. SS Miguel Rojas (78, 87)
  8. C Jacob Stallings (62, 86)
  9. CF Bryan De La Cruz (86, 107)

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: De La Cruz and Stallings in, Nick Fortes and Jesús Sánchez out; Berti moves up from 7 to 6, Rojas moves up from 8 to 7; Cooper and Aguilar swap 1B/DH

Additional Notes: The Marlins have won the last five games started by Alcantara...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 tied for ninth-lowest among MLB qualified batters, according to FanGraphs...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 and Isaac Azout are representing Fish Stripes at LoanDepot Park as credentialed reporters. Follow them on Twitter (@Trainboy100 and @IsaacAzout) for in-game updates. Isaac will handle the game recap article.

All Marlins minor league affiliates are also in action. Follow @FishProspects for notes and highlights.

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