Welcome to Tuesday’s Marlins (49-59, -36 RD) vs. Phillies (60-48, +72 RD) game thread. After a brief rain delay, first pitch was thrown at 7:37 p.m. ET.
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Marlins Game Notes
Marlins Starting Lineup
- 2B Joey Wendle (91 wRC+ this season, 70 wRC+ over last 30 days)
- DH Garrett Cooper (119, -12)
- 1B Jesús Aguilar (92, 54)
- RF Bryan De La Cruz (71, 28)
- LF JJ Bleday (71, 71)
- SS Miguel Rojas (79, 29)
- 3B Charles Leblanc (231, 231)
- C Jacob Stallings (59, 105)
- CF Peyton Burdick (159, 159)
LHP Braxton Garrett (105 ERA+ this season, career 94 ERA+)
Lineup Changes from Previous Game: Aguilar, Cooper, De La Cruz and Rojas in, Lewin Díaz, Nick Fortes, Billy Hamilton and Luke Williams out; Wendle switches from SS to 2B, Burdick switches from RF to CF, Leblanc switches from 2B to 3B
Additional Notes: Michael Ajeto of Baseball Prospectus explains the key differences that have made Garrett so much better than last season, beginning with the lowering of his vertical release point...Rojas (.987 OPS in 28 PA) has the most head-to-head history with Zack Wheeler among active Marlins players. Wheeler will unquestionably be the best starting pitcher that Leblanc and Burdick have faced since being called up from Triple-A.
Phillies Starting Lineup
- LF Kyle Schwarber (120 wRC+ this season, 64 wRC+ over last 30 days)
- 1B Rhys Hoskins (133, 138)
- 3B Alec Bohm (104, 163)
- C J.T. Realmuto (117, 222)
- DH Nick Castellanos (91, 101)
- 2B Jean Segura (101, 66)
- RF Matt Vierling (80, 46)
- SS Edmundo Sosa (55, 137)
- CF Brandon Marsh (80, 115)
RHP Zack Wheeler (153 ERA+ this season, career 115 ERA+)
Notes: Winners of 10 of their last 11 games overall, the Phillies showed no mercy against the Nationals over the weekend. The team collectively slashed .336/.416/.768 en route to a four-game sweep. Hoskins hit home runs in each game of that series...Wheeler is seeking revenge against the Marlins after they were responsible for his worst start of the season (3.0 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K on April 17). If not for that blow-up, Wheeler’s earned run average would be 2.22 and he’d at least be on the periphery of the NL Cy Young award conversation.
How to Watch/Listen/Follow
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 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.
Alex Krutchik will handle the game recap article.
All Marlins minor league affiliates are also in action. Follow @FishProspects for notes and highlights.