Game 132: New York Mets @ Miami Marlins, Game Thread and Ichthyomancy

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3 game series vs Mets @ Marlins Park

New York Mets
@ Miami Marlins

Friday, Aug 31, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT
Marlins Park

R.A. Dickey vs Nathan Eovaldi

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

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Remember a few days ago, when the Miami Marlins faced a team ace who was on a tear and threw out one of their lesser starters to go up against him? Remember how the Marlins won that game, at the time against the Washington Nationals, 9-0 in one of the most unlikely events of the 2012 season?

Well, the Fish could use that magic again tonight against the New York Mets.

The Marlins kick off a three-game weekend series with the Mets, on a day you could get half off tickets on behalf of the Marlins and Fish Stripes. Unfortunately for those enjoying the game live via our Social Media Night at the Park, the matchup could not get worse for the Fish, as the hapless Marlins offense faces off against R.A. Dickey while the team sends out the struggling Nathan Eovaldi to the mound.

Pitching Matchup

Proj Win% Proj ERA FIP ERA Marlins Mets ERA FIP Proj ERA Proj Win%
.440 4.50 4.59 4.54 Eovaldi Dickey 2.76 3.11 3.65 .537

Nathan Eovaldi has struggled in his short time in Miami, and the reasons have been obvious and exactly what we expected when we first got him. But the Marlins need to let him work through his problems in the rotation, because unlike guys like Wade LeBlanc, his development is more important to the team's future. If anything, throwing Eovaldi out there to see if he can cut it now just gives us more time to decide whether he is a starter or reliever in the future. For now, Eovaldi's role is as a starter, but if he continues to struggle against lefties, the bullpen awaits.

R.A. Dickey is pretty damn good. Marlins hitters are aggressive and not very good as a group. Ruh roh.

Lineup

Order Player Proj wOBA vs. RHP
1 Bryan Petersen .316
2 Justin Ruggiano .324
3 Jose Reyes .340
4 Carlos Lee .324
5 Giancarlo Stanton .379
6 Greg Dobbs .286
7 Donovan Solano .275
8 Rob Brantly ---

The lineup against right handers is actually better built than the lineup versus righties, in part because, as we discussed earlier this week, the Marlins are not boasting an awful leadoff man like Gorkys Hernandez at the top. In fact, the team is probably playing its five best hitters in their top five spots, what a novel concept! Of course, as readers here already know, Giancarlo Stanton should be batting cleanup.

Bold Prediction: Mets def. Marlins 5-1

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