Welcome to Friday’s Marlins (55-75, -78 RD) vs. Braves (81-51, +141 RD) game thread. Rain passed through the Atlanta area earlier in the day, but that shouldn’t impact the game. The Braves are one head-to-head win away from clinching the season series between these teams.
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Marlins Game Notes
Marlins Starting Lineup
- 3B Joey Wendle (84 wRC+ this season, 59 wRC+ over last 30 days)
- RF Brian Anderson (102, 80)
- DH Garrett Cooper (109, 37)
- CF JJ Bleday (97, 113)
- 2B Charles Leblanc (125, 99)
- C Jacob Stallings (66, 105)
- 1B Lewin Díaz (43, 38)
- LF Jerar Encarnación (71, 72)
- SS Miguel Rojas (71, 33)
RHP Sandy Alcantara (190 ERA+ this season, career 134 ERA+)
Lineup Changes from Previous Game: Encarnación and Rojas in, Jon Berti and Peyton Burdick out; Wendle switches from SS to 3B
Pregame Roster Moves: RHP Jeff Brigham and OF Bryan De La Cruz recalled from Triple-A Jacksonville
Additional Notes: Berti’s availability off the bench is unclear after exiting on Wednesday with right hip soreness...Rare off day for Burdick who had started 23 out of 25 games since being called up...Rojas (.526 OPS in 19 PA) has the most head-to-head history with Morton among active Marlins players...De La Cruz was outstanding during his stint in Jacksonville. Of course, this season has reinforced how weak the correlation is between Triple-A and MLB stats...Roster expansion gives the Marlins a nine-man bullpen. They won’t be asked to do much tonight with Alcantara on the mound.
Braves Starting Lineup
- DH Ronald Acuña Jr. (118, 137)
- SS Dansby Swanson (118, 74)
- 3B Austin Riley (152, 117)
- 1B Matt Olson (124, 106)
- C Travis d’Arnaud (113, 168)
- CF Michael Harris II (138, 179)
- 2B Vaughn Grissom (128, 128)
- LF Marcell Ozuna (78, -20)
- RF Robbie Grossman (77, 73)
RHP Charlie Morton (101 ERA+ this season, career 101 ERA+)
Notes: The Braves have only been shut out three times all season...Acuña (.935 OPS in 26 PA) has the most head-to-head history with Sandy Alcantara among players on the Braves active roster.
How to Watch/Listen/Follow
First pitch is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. ET. Watch exclusively on Apple TV+ or listen to the radio broadcast on Fox Sports 940 Miami. Out-of-market fans can not stream the game on MLB.TV in this case.
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All Marlins minor league affiliates are also in action. Follow @FishProspects for notes and highlights.