Welcome to Thursday’s Marlins (46-52, -23 RD) vs. Reds (38-59, -93 RD) game thread.
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Marlins Game Notes
Marlins Starting Lineup
- 3B Joey Wendle (111 wRC+ this season, 104 wRC+ over last 30 days)
- DH Jesús Aguilar (95, 67)
- CF JJ Bleday (125, 125)
- RF Avisaíl García (70, 75)
- 1B Lewin Díaz (33, 101)
- SS Miguel Rojas (83, 72)
- LF Bryan De La Cruz (78, 88)
- 2B Luke Williams (94, 111)
- C Jacob Stallings (47, 21)
LHP Daniel Castano (107 ERA+ this season, career 113 ERA+)
Additional Notes: Castano was squeezed out of the Marlins starting rotation to make room for Max Meyer, but then Meyer suffered an elbow injury. This could be a one-and-done situation for him with Jesús Luzardo on track to rejoin the active roster next week...There are now 17(!) players on the injured list for the Marlins...García is one away from reaching 1,000 career hits.
Reds Starting Lineup
- 2B Jonathan India (90 wRC+ this season, 125 wRC+ over last 30 days)
- 1B Brandon Drury (128, 116)
- LF Tommy Pham (94, 52)
- DH Joey Votto (99, 90)
- 3B Donovan Solano (141, 132)
- SS Matt Reynolds (97, 126)
- CF Nick Senzel (77, 123)
- RF Tyler Naquin (98, 62)
- C Mark Kolozsvary (44, 350)
RHP Graham Ashcraft (97 ERA+ this season, career 97 ERA+)
Notes: Like Castano, Ashcraft’s favorite weapon is his cutter. Unlike Castano, he throws it in the high 90s. The 24-year-old has had huge reverse platoon splits since his call-up, getting very few whiffs against right-handed batters...Solano has had himself an excellent series so far (5-for-10, 3 2B, 3 RBI).
How to Watch/Listen/Follow
First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 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 the game on MLB.TV.
Grant Kiefer is at Great American Ball Park representing Fish Stripes as a credentialed reporter. Follow him on Twitter (@KieferMedia) for player interviews and 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.