Game 129: Miami Marlins @ Los Angeles Dodgers, Game Thread and Ichthyomancy

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Dodgers lead the series 2-0

Fri 08/24 WP: Jamey Wright (5 - 3)
LP: Nathan Eovaldi (4 - 9)
4 - 11 loss
Sat 08/25 WP: Clayton Kershaw (12 - 7)
LP: Josh Johnson (7 - 11)
2 - 8 loss

Get out the broom breakers, because the Miami Marlins are looking to bust up a sweep.

The Fish look to avoid a clean sweep by the Los Angeles Dodgers this afternoon, and to do that they will have to win their most favorable pitching matchup of the series. Mark Buehrle will take the hill for the Marlins to combat Aaron Harang, who is just not that good compared to the pitchers we have faced thus far in this series. Not that the Marlins' lineup is any good; hey, maybe that will lead to a normal run-scoring situation for the Fish.

Pitching Matchup

Proj Win% Proj ERA FIP ERA Marlins Dodgers ERA FIP Proj ERA Proj Win%
.532 2.69 4.15 3.69 Buehrle Harang 3.65 4.04 4.22 .470

Mark Buehrle having performed about as well as he is projected to perform going forward is about as Mark Buehrle as it gets. The man is consistent and decent overall on the mound, and the Marlins have gotten what they have expected out of him for the most part. Aaron Harang has been pretty good for a guy at the back of the rotation, and he may even be pushed out now that Josh Beckett is a member of the Dodgers. It must be a good problem to have, all those starting pitchers. We wouldn't know about that over on the Marlins' side.

Lineup

Order Player Proj wOBA vs. RHP
1 Bryan Petersen .314
2 Justin Ruggiano .327
3 Jose Reyes .350
4 Carlos Lee .325
5 Giancarlo Stanton .377
6 Greg Dobbs .290
7 Donovan Solano .281
8 Rob Brantly ---

This is the same lineup the Fish ran out on Friday evening against Chad Billingsley (who is now on the DL). This is an admittedly better lineup than last night's, but we're not talking by much. Hopefully Bryan Petersen will have a few more family members around in another game that he's actually going to start, as his family brought in 30 folks total to last night's game in which he did not start; they appeared in droves from the Petersen household because they expected him to face Harang last night, but Clayton Kershaw pitched instead.

Bold Prediction: Dodgers def. Marlins 5-4

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