Welcome to Friday’s Marlins (43-49, -20 RD) vs. Pirates (39-54, -134 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.
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Marlins Game Notes
Marlins Starting Lineup
- 2B Joey Wendle (111 wRC+ this season, 99 wRC+ over last 30 days)
- 1B Garrett Cooper (123, 84)
- DH Jesús Aguilar (99, 77)
- 3B Brian Anderson (117, 99)
- RF Avisaíl García (68, 54)
- SS Miguel Rojas (82, 71)
- LF Jorge Soler (100, 11)
- CF Jesús Sánchez (83, 45)
- C Nick Fortes (127, 73)
LHP Braxton Garrett (111 ERA+ this season, career 95 ERA+)
Lineup Changes from Previous Game: Fortes in, Jacob Stallings out; Aguilar and Cooper swap 1B/DH
Additional Notes: It’s been one full week since the last time the Marlins scored a run and nearly two since their last homer...I have been a big advocate of Holloway, but he simply isn’t performing at Triple-A this season (6.62 ERA, 6.41 FIP in 17.2 IP). Too many walks...Every pitcher in the Marlins bullpen with the exception of Tommy Nance should be available tonight.
Pirates Starting Lineup
- SS Kevin Newman
- 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes
- 1B Michael Chavis
- DH Yoshi Tsutsugo
- 2B Diego Castillo
- RF Cal Mitchell
- CF Jake Marisnick
- LF Ben Gamel
- C Jason Delay
RHP Zach Thompson (103 ERA+ this season, career 115 ERA+)
Notes: Shortly before first pitch, the Bucs completed a trade sending Daniel Vogelbach to the Mets...Thompson’s season workload is similar to what it was for the Marlins in 2021, but his effectiveness has dipped. His home run/fly ball ratio has skyrocketed (from 7.1% to 17.6%) and he isn’t missing as many bats. Opponents have adjusted to his cutter, making way more quality contact against the right-hander’s signature pitch. That being said, Thompson pitched a season-high 6 2⁄3 innings against the Marlins last week...Bryan Reynolds (right oblique strain) is expected to miss this entire series.
How to Watch/Listen/Follow
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET. Watch on Bally Sports Florida or listen to the radio broadcast on Fox Sports 940 Miami (Kyle Sielaff and Kelly Saco). Out-of-market fans can watch on MLB Network or stream 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.