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Marlins vs. Nationals: Start time, how to watch and game thread—September 24, 2022

Sandy Alcantara and Erick Fedde will start Saturday’s Marlins vs. Nationals game at LoanDepot Park. Full lineups and game notes in here.

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara (22) prepares to deliver a pitch in the sixth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at loanDepot Park. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Saturday’s Marlins (62-89, -98 RD) vs. Nationals (52-98, -216 RD) game thread. It’s World Baseball Classic Day at LoanDepot Park, and presumably the final home Sandy Day of the season.

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Nationals Starting Lineup

  1. RF Lane Thomas (101 wRC+ this season, 137 wRC+ over last 30 days)
  2. 2B Luis García (94, 88)
  3. 1B Joey Meneses (154, 144)
  4. DH Luke Voit (111, 128)
  5. LF Alex Call (111, 160)
  6. SS CJ Abrams (62, 61)
  7. 3B Ildemaro Vargas (103, 100)
  8. CF Victor Robles (65, 48)
  9. C Riley Adams (66, 62)

RHP Erick Fedde (73 ERA+ this season, career 79 ERA+)

Fedde’s 2022 pitch distribution and Statcast percentile rankings
Fedde’s 2022 pitch distribution and Statcast percentile rankings
Baseball Savant

Notes: César Hernández (.517 OPS in 28 PA) and Robles (.745 OPS in 21 PA) have the most head-to-head history with Alcantara among active Nationals players.

Marlins Game Notes

Marlins Starting Lineup

  1. 3B Jon Berti (100 wRC+ this season, 65 wRC+ over last 30 days)
  2. RF Brian Anderson (93, 54)
  3. DH Garrett Cooper (115, 94)
  4. 2B Charles Leblanc (121, 108)
  5. LF JJ Bleday (76, 37)
  6. CF Bryan De La Cruz (80, 170)
  7. C Jacob Stallings (71, 76)
  8. SS Miguel Rojas (72, 70)
  9. 1B Lewin Díaz (47, 46)

RHP Sandy Alcantara (172 ERA+ this season, career 133 ERA+)

Alcantara’s 2022 pitch distribution and Statcast percentile rankings
Alcantara’s 2022 pitch distribution and Statcast percentile rankings
Baseball Savant

Lineup Changes from Previous Game: Díaz and Stallings in, Nick Fortes and Jordan Groshans out; Berti switches from 2B to 3B, Leblanc switches from 1B to 2B

Additional Notes: Alcantara has a sparkling 0.84 earned run average in four starts against the Nats this season with zero homers allowed...Every pitcher in the Marlins bullpen should be available tonight with the possible exception of Dylan Floro, who’s been used three of the last four days.

How to Watch/Listen/Follow

First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 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.

Alex Krutchik and Kevin Barral are at LoanDepot Park representing Fish Stripes as credentialed reporters. Follow them on Twitter (@AlexKrutchikCJN and @kevin_barral) for in-game updates. Kevin will handle the game recap article.

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