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Miami Marlins shortstop Jon Berti is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's Game 1 of the Wild Card round versus the Philadelphia Phillies. Normally, Garrett Hampson would cover shortstop as he did a majority of the time down the stretch of the season. However, the Marlins will ride the hot hand here with Berti. Over his last 46 plate appearances, Berti is slashing .500/.609/.944 with four homers and two steals. He'll cover shortstop and bat eighth versus right-hander Zack Wheeler on Tuesday.
Miami Marlins catcher Nick Fortes is behind the plate for Tuesday's Game 1 of the Wild Card round against the Philadelphia Phillies. The 26-year-old will bat ninth and do the catching versus right-hander Zack Wheeler on Tuesday. The Marlins didn't have a great option here with both their catchers struggling with the bat this season. Fortes is slashing .204/.263/.299 with six home runs and 26 RBI in 108 games this season. He won't have much streaming appeal for this contest.
Miami Marlins All-Star second baseman Luis Arraez (ankle) is back in the team's starting lineup for Game 1 of the wild-card series on Tuesday against right-hander Zack Wheeler and the Philadelphia Phillies, starting at second base and batting leadoff. Arraez miss all but one game in the final two weeks of the regular season due to a sprained ankle, but he's back in there now to kick off the postseason. However, it remains to be seen how effective the 26-year-old two-time batting champion will be for the Fish at less than 100 percent health. In nine career at-bats against Wheeler, Arraez has two hits (one double) and a strikeout. He has very little pop (10 homers on the year), but he's an excellent table-setter with a career-high 203 hits and a .393 on-base percentage in 147 games in 2023.
Miami Marlins manager Skip Schumaker said it would take a lot for second baseman Luis Arraez (ankle) not to be in the starting lineup for Game 1 of the wild-card series on Tuesday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Arraez, who led all of baseball this year with a .354 average (203-for-574), hasn't started a game since Sept. 23 when he sprained his left ankle, but he did come in as a pinch-hitter last Friday. The 26-year-old left-handed hitter should be back for the postseason, but how effective he'll be on a bum ankle remains to be seen. Arraez has led the league in batting the last two years and also has added a career-high 10 home runs, 30 doubles, three triples, 69 RBI, three stolen bases and 71 runs scored in 147 games in his first year in Miami.
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Braxton Garrett will start Game 2 of the Wild Card series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday. Garrett will follow Jesus Luzardo, and will go toe-to-toe with Aaron Nola. Garrett has been solid, if unspectacular, this season, posting a 3.66 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 156:29 K:BB ratio over 159 IP. He was quite solid down the stretch for the Marlins, allowing no more than three earned runs for 10 straight starts before allowing four in his final start of the year. The Marlins will be hoping late-season Garrett shows up on Wednesday.