Game 115: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Miami Marlins, Game Thread and Ichthyomancy

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3 game series vs Dodgers @ Marlins Park

Fri 08/10 WP: Clayton Kershaw (10 - 6)
SV: Kenley Jansen
LP: Mark Buehrle (9 - 11)
2 - 5 loss
Sat 08/11 WP: Ricky Nolasco (9 - 11)
LP: Joe Blanton (8 - 10)
7 - 3 win

Los Angeles Dodgers
@ Miami Marlins

Sunday, Aug 12, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT
Marlins Park

Chris Capuano vs Wade LeBlanc

Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing in from center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 85.

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Surprisingly, the Miami Marlins have a chance to take the series win after a 7-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Fish will attempt that series win this afternoon and send out Wade LeBlanc, who has had two solid, low-innings starts working towards his first full start of the season. The Dodgers are countering with Chris Capuano.

Pitching Matchup

Proj Win% Proj ERA FIP ERA Marlins Dodgers ERA FIP Proj ERA Proj Win%
.426 4.63 3.50 1.50 LeBlanc Capuano 3.29 3.63 4.21 .471

The Marlins spent the last two games stretching out Leblanc in preparation for full-time starting work after the team switched Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen. In his two starts, he has done pretty decently, allowiNg just two runs and striking seven while walking three in 8 1/3 innings pitched. Can LeBlanc continue a strangely good season on the mound while getting deeper into today's game?

Chris Capuano has been a revelation for the Dodgers after coming from a successful return season with the New York Mets. He has had extremely good numbers this season for a two-year signing and has been a productive member of an elite Dodgers rotation,

Lineup

Order Player Proj wOBA vs. LHP
1 Gorkys Hernandez ---
2 Justin Ruggiano .348
3 Jose Reyes .350
4 Carlos Lee .340
5 Austin Kearns .320
6 Donovan Solano .297
7 Nick Green ---
8 Brett Hayes .255

The Marlins will rest Giancarlo Stanton on the day game following an evening game, and when they did that last time, the team struggled offensively versus R.A. Dickey. In his place is Austin Kearns, who has struggled back down to his normal, expected level of play.

I like the lineup of having Justin Ruggiano bat second. Anything that puts more of the Marlins' best hitters in a position to get more PA gives the team an edge.

Bold Prediction: Dodgers def. Marlins 5-3

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