Welcome to Wednesday’s Marlins (39-40, +15 RD) vs. Angels (37-45, -14 RD) game thread. The Marlins are on the verge of matching their longest winning streak of the season and reaching the coveted .500 mark.
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Angels Starting Lineup
- 3B Jonathan Villar (64, 95)
- CF Mike Trout (177, 172)
- DH Shohei Ohtani (137, 135)
- RF Taylor Ward (172, 115)
- SS Luis Rengifo (94, 73)
- 2B Michael Stefanic (39, 39)
- 1B Jared Walsh (109, 119)
- C Max Stassi (87, 90)
- LF Monte Harrison (22, 36)
RHP Shohei Ohtani (147 ERA+ this season, career 130 ERA+)
Notes: For the first time, Harrison is competing against the organization that he played for from 2018-2021. The Angels have used him sparingly since calling him up on June 24 (seven plate appearances and no complete games)..Four straight multi-strikeout games for Trout matches the longest streak of his career...The only active Angels hitters with substantial playing experience at LoanDepot Park are Kurt Suzuki (1.036 OPS in 82 PA) and the former Marlin Jonathan Villar (.547 OPS in 105 PA).
Marlins Game Notes
Marlins Starting Lineup
- LF Jon Berti (117 wRC+ this season, career 101 wRC+)
- 2B Joey Wendle (120, 104)
- 1B Garrett Cooper (140, 124)
- DH Jesús Aguilar (100, 111)
- RF Avisaíl García (72, 102)
- CF Jesús Sánchez (89, 96)
- 3B Brian Anderson (130, 113)
- SS Miguel Rojas (95, 88)
- C Jacob Stallings (52, 83)
LHP Trevor Rogers (75 ERA+ this season, career 107 ERA+)
Lineup Changes from Previous Game: Berti in, Bryan De La Cruz out; Cooper and Aguilar swap 1B/DH
Additional Notes: Berti missed the previous two games with a vague “lower extremities” issue...Rogers is using 4.18 pitches per plate appearance this season, which is super inefficient by MLB starting pitcher standards. He’s the antithesis of Sandy Alcantara in so many ways, including his habit of losing fastball velocity as the games goes on (whereas Sandy sometimes saves his best velo for the later innings)...Closer Tanner Scott is doubtful to be available after pitching four times in the previous five days.
How to Watch/Listen/Follow
First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. ET. Watch on Bally Sports Florida—Paul Severino, Tommy Hutton and Craig Minervini—or listen to the radio broadcast on Fox Sports 940 Miami (Glenn Geffner and Gaby Sanchez). Out-of-market fans can stream the game on MLB.TV.
Hector will handle the game recap article.
All Marlins minor league affiliates are also in action. Follow @FishProspects for notes and highlights.