Welcome to Thursday’s Marlins (39-41, +12 RD) vs. Mets (51-31, +64 RD) game thread. These NL East rivals have gotten very familiar with each other in recent weeks.
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
- LF Jon Berti (115 wRC+ this season, 87 wRC+ over last 30 days)
- 2B Joey Wendle (124, 157)
- DH Garrett Cooper (140, 145)
- 1B Jesús Aguilar (96, 80)
- RF Avisaíl García (68, 97)
- CF Jesús Sánchez (95, 84)
- 3B Brian Anderson (125, 118)
- SS Miguel Rojas (94, 123)
- C Nick Fortes (163, 141)
LHP Daniel Castano (173 ERA+ this season, 131 career ERA+)
Lineup Changes from Previous Game: Fortes in, Jacob Stallings out; Cooper and Aguilar swap 1B/DH
Additional Notes: Berti is starting his sixth game in left field this season, which is already a career high in that department. On Wednesday, he just missed making a difficult catch in the left-center gap that could have tilted the game in Miami’s favor...Fortes continues to form a steady battery with Castano...With the exception of Tommy Nance, every Marlins reliever should be available tonight.
Mets Starting Lineup
- CF Brandon Nimmo (131 wRC+ this season, 137 wRC+ over last 30 days)
- RF Starling Marte (131, 164)
- SS Francisco Lindor (111, 83)
- 1B Pete Alonso (151, 152)
- 3B Eduardo Escobar (94, 57)
- LF Mark Canha (118, 102)
- 2B Jeff McNeil (137, 143)
- DH J.D. Davis (98, 79)
- C James McCann (53, 25)
RHP Trevor Williams (93 ERA+ this season, 95 ERA+ this season)
Notes: This will be Williams’ sixth career appearance (fourth start) against the organization that drafted him back in 2013...Watch out for Dominic Smith as a pinch-hitting option once Castano exits the game. Smith is slashing .333/.333/.556 (151 wRC+) in 11 games since being recalled from Triple-A.
How to Watch/Listen/Follow
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 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.
Noah Berger is representing Fish Stripes at Citi Field as a credentialed reporter. Follow him on Twitter (@Trainboy100) 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.