Welcome to Friday’s Marlins (43-45, +3 RD) vs. Phillies (46-43, +47 RD) game thread.
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Phillies Starting Lineup
- LF Kyle Schwarber (129, 142)
- 1B Rhys Hoskins (128, 135)
- RF Nick Castellanos (87, 56)
- DH Darick Hall (114, 114)
- C J.T. Realmuto (92, 97)
- 2B Bryson Stott (57, 60)
- 3B Matt Vierling (86, 109)
- SS Didi Gregorius (79, 33)
- CF Mickey Moniak (1, -32)
RHP Kyle Gibson (90 ERA+ this season, career 95 ERA+)
Notes: Schwarber loves to hit at LoanDepot Park (.292/.346/.729, 6 HR in 12 G)...The Phils just got back from a trip to Toronto where unvaccinated players like Realmuto weren’t allowed to play, so this will be his first game action since Monday...Hoskins (.737 OPS in 34 PA) has the most head-to-head history with Alcantara among active Phillies players...Since these clubs previously met, the Phils have formed a closer by committee—Andrew Bellatti, Seranthony Dominguez, Brad Hand and Corey Knebel have each picked up saves over the last month.
Marlins Game Notes
Marlins Starting Lineup
- 2B Joey Wendle (111 wRC+ this season, 96 wRC+ over last 30 days)
- DH Jesús Aguilar (99, 80)
- 1B Garrett Cooper (133, 112)
- LF Jorge Soler (108, 67)
- RF Avisaíl García (69, 71)
- 3B Brian Anderson (115, 89)
- CF Bryan De La Cruz (79, 89)
- SS Miguel Rojas (88, 109)
- C Jacob Stallings (42, -11)
RHP Sandy Alcantara (238 ERA+ this season, career 135 ERA+)
Lineup Changes from Previous Game: Cooper, Soler, Stallings and Wendle in, Jon Berti, Nick Fortes, Billy Hamilton and Luke Williams out; Aguilar switches from 1B to DH, De La Cruz switches from RF to CF.
Pregame Roster Moves: Jorge Soler and Cody Poteet activated from injured list; Jon Berti (left groin strain) placed on 10-day IL; Daniel Castano optioned to Triple-A Jacksonville
Additional Notes: The Marlins will be without MLB’s most prolific base-stealer for this entire series (and all of next week as well)...Poteet is ready for his first MLB game since May 25. He shoved 6 2⁄3 scoreless innings across his three minor league rehab appearances...Beginning tonight, Alcantara has his own organized supporters section in section 22 (along the third-base line)...With Max Meyer poised to make his debut on Saturday, another pitcher on the current Marlins active roster will have to get squeezed off.
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 fans can stream on MLB.TV.
Isaac Azout will be representing Fish Stripes at LoanDepot as a credentialed reporter. Follow him on Twitter (@IsaacAzout) for in-game updates. He will handle the game recap article.
All Marlins minor league affiliates are also in action. Follow @FishProspects for notes and highlights.