Welcome to Sunday’s Marlins (44-50, -14 RD) vs. Pirates (40-55, -140 RD) game thread. This game will determine who wins the season series between these teams (they have split the first six matchups).
Use this Fish Picks link prior to every Marlins series to submit your predictions. The sixth inning of the contest has just begun and it runs through August 7.
Marlins Game Notes
Marlins Starting Lineup
- 2B Joey Wendle (112 wRC+ this season, 102 wRC+ over last 30 days)
- SS Miguel Rojas (85, 77)
- 1B Jesús Aguilar (99, 68)
- DH Avisaíl García (72, 72)
- CF JJ Bleday (361, 361)
- RF Bryan De La Cruz (75, 73)
- LF Jesús Sánchez (84, 58)
- 3B Willians Astudillo (84, 13)
- C Jacob Stallings (40, -19)
RHP Sandy Alcantara (232 ERA+ this season, career 135 ERA+)
Pregame Roster Moves: Willians Astudillo, Huascar Brazoban and Jeff Brigham selected from Triple-A Jacksonville; Brian Anderson (left shoulder sprain) placed on 10-day IL and Max Meyer (right elbow sprain) and Tommy Nance (right groin strain) placed on 15-day IL; Anthony Bender, Jazz Chisholm Jr. and Cody Poteet transferred to 60-day IL
Additional Notes: This Marlins offense has been held scoreless in four of the last five games. Pathetic...Bleday is making the first start of his major league career. He debuted as a pinch-hitter on Saturday and drew a walk against Pirates closer David Bednar. The 32-year-old Brazoban doesn’t have any prior MLB experience...After emptying their bullpen in relief of an injured Max Meyer, the Marlins are banking on Alcantara to provide the length he always does. He has pitched seven-plus innings in 13 straight starts.
Pirates Starting Lineup
- SS Kevin Newman (98 wRC+ this season, 104 wRC+ over last 30 days)
- 1B Josh VanMeter (57, 1)
- 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes (94, 61)
- LF Ben Gamel (104, 82)
- RF Cal Mitchell (54, 49)
- CF Greg Allen (39, 39)
- SS Oneil Cruz (74, 78)
- DH Yoshi Tsutsugo (46, 6)
- C Jason Delay (142, 151)
RHP Mitch Keller (92 ERA+ this season, career 77 ERA+)
Notes: Keller beat the Marlins on July 11 at LoanDepot Park (7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K).
How to Watch/Listen/Follow
First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 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 stream the game on MLB.TV.
Louis Addeo-Weiss will handle the game recap article.
All Marlins minor league affiliates are also in action. Follow @FishProspects for notes and highlights.