Welcome to Wednesday’s Marlins (47-57, -37 RD) vs. Reds (42-61, -88 RD) game thread. Figures to be another low-scoring affair.
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Reds Starting Lineup
- 2B Jonathan India (96 wRC+ this season, 138 wRC+ over last 30 days)
- LF Jake Fraley (70, 358)
- 1B Mike Moustakas (74, 67)
- DH Joey Votto (103, 109)
- 3B Donovan Solano (115, 125)
- RF Aristides Aquino (36, 33)
- SS José Barrero (N/A, N/A)
- LF Albert Almora Jr. (73, 3)
- C Michael Papierski (19, 29)
LHP Mike Minor (73 ERA+ this season, career 102 ERA+)
Notes: This is one of the weakest lineups that Sandy Alcantara has faced all season. The Reds have a measly .469 OPS in this series, but that’s been enough to win each of the last two games.
Marlins Game Notes
Marlins Starting Lineup
- SS Miguel Rojas (82 wRC+ this season, 54 wRC+ over last 30 days)
- 1B Garrett Cooper (122, 17)
- DH Jesús Aguilar (92, 59)
- RF Bryan De La Cruz (72, 88)
- LF JJ Bleday (60, 60)
- 3B Charles Leblanc (243, 243)
- C Jacob Stallings (58, 73)
- 2B Luke Williams (81, 51)
- CF Billy Hamilton (-22, -8)
RHP Sandy Alcantara (204 ERA+ this season, career 134 ERA+)
Lineup Changes from Previous Game: Bleday, Cooper, Hamilton, Stallings and Williams in, Lewin Díaz, Nick Fortes, Avisaíl García, Jesús Sánchez and Joey Wendle out; Aguilar switches from 1B to DH, De La Cruz switches from CF to RF
Pregame Roster Moves: Garrett Cooper returned from rehab and reinstated from 10-day injured list; Avisaíl García (left hamstring strain) placed on 10-day IL.
Additional Notes: You could see García hurt his hammy when running down the first-base line on Tuesday. While Cooper’s IL stint was the minimum 10 days, an injury like García’s will almost certainly require a longer recovery time than that...Every pitcher in the Marlins bullpen should be available if needed, but Alcantara would prefer to give them a double day off...The Marlins are on the verge of setting a new record for longest losing streak at LoanDepot Park (nine straight entering tonight).
How to Watch/Listen/Follow
First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 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 and Brent Cosculluela are at LoanDepot Park representing Fish Stripes as credentialed reporters. Follow them on Twitter (@Trainboy100 and @brentcosc1) for player interviews and in-game updates. Noah will handle the game recap article.