Game 110: Miami Marlins @ New York Mets, Game Thread and Ichthyomancy

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3 game series vs Mets @ Citi Field

Miami Marlins
@ New York Mets

Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT
Citi Field

Mostly cloudy. p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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The Miami Marlins are looking to finish up their 11-game road trip on a good note , but standing in their way are the New York Mets. The Mets are looking to try and climb their way back into the playoff picture, but they are closer to us at fourth place than they are to the teams at the top of the Wild Card, so their goal at the moment should just be to fend off the Marlins for third place.

Pitching Matchup

Proj Win% Proj ERA FIP ERA Marlins Mets ERA FIP Proj ERA Proj Win%
.452 4.38 3.03 1.35 LeBlanc Niese 3.72 4.00 4.25 .467

Leblanc had a nice first start for the Fish against the Atlanta Braves, helping the Marlins pick up their lone win in that four-game series. He only went 4 1/3 innings, but he struck out three and walked one. Once LeBlanc inevitably begins allowing homers at a massive pace, you can count the Marlins in trouble, but so far he has done a good job of avoiding walks and homers in Mark Buehrle fashion.

Jonathan Niese is a damn good pitcher and an interesting part of the future of the Mets' rotation, especially now that the team has to consider R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana a part of that immediate future. Niese has gotten his ERA down from last season while pitching in a very similar fashion in terms of peripherals.

Lineup

Order Player Proj wOBA vs. RHP
1 Donovan Solano .297
2 Justin Ruggiano .348
3 Jose Reyes .350
4 Carlos Lee .340
5 Giancarlo Stanton .401
6 Austin Kearns .320
7 Nick Green ---
8 John Buck .297

Giancarlo Stanton returns to the lineup after missing a month recovering from knee surgery. The Marlins also get to boast the second straight game of Justin Ruggiano's return to the starting lineup. Among the good news comes some bad news: the team is now playing Nick Green in its lineup. Better than Dobbs, I'm guessing.

(Looks at Green's career .287 wOBA)

D'oh.

Notes

- Make sure you check out our Marlins/Mets series preview, with an interview with Steve Schreiber of Amazin' Avenue.

- Speaking of AA, here's Bill Petti's Saber-Stat series preview over there.

Bold Prediction: Mets def. Marlins 4-2

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