Game 139: Miami Marlins @ Washington Nationals, Game Thread and Ichthyomancy

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3 game series vs Nationals @ Nationals Park

Miami Marlins
@ Washington Nationals

Friday, Sep 7, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT
Nationals Park

Jacob Turner vs Stephen Strasburg

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

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The Miami Marlins are coming off of a series split with the Milwaukee Brewers, which is really the best result anyone could have asked for at this point in the show. Now, they get rewarded with a three-game set versus the Washington Nationals starting tonight, and guess who we get to face in one of his last starts of the season? Stephen Strasburg, ladies and gentlemen!

The good news is that Marlins fans get yet another glimpse into the future with starting pitcher Jacob Turner on the hill for the Fish.

Pitching Matchup

Proj Win% Proj ERA FIP ERA Marlins Nationals ERA FIP Proj ERA Proj Win%
--- --- 6.31 7.33 Turner Strasburg 2.94 2.64 --- ---

Stephen Strasburg is really, really good. He is also not long for this season, as his controversial 2012 shutdown is imminent. That does not mean that the Marlins won't get a chance to see him again, as his second to last start will be against the Fish tonight. Isn't that just peachy?

Meanwhile, Marlins fans get to at least tinker around with seeing Jacob Turner again. He has had his ups and downs in his two starts as a Marlin, and the Fish skipped his rotation spot that came up in the Milwaukee series in favor of resting him a few extra days. This should keep his load light and his innings a little more down in September to avoid fatigue, but with Turner being one of the few points of intrigue left for the Marlins' 2012 season, the fan part of me wants to see as much of him as possible. Hopefully he does not miss as badly as he did to Bryce Harper last time and can continue racking up strikeouts.

Lineup

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

Hurray for the most acceptable lineup Ozzie Guillen can write for this team!

Notes

- If you didn't check it out already, go see the series preview here at Fish Stripes from earlier today.

- Also, check out my answers to Patrick Reddington's questions over at Federal Baseball.

- In two games of the four-game series this week, I was not able to check in on account of me entertaining my girlfriend during her week-long visit. In those two games, we won. In the two games I did get to catch, we lost. I'll be taking my girlfriend out tonight, as it is her final evening in Atlanta, so I will not be able to catch most of this game. I'm sure this time, the appeal to superstition will not work #MJIJ.

Bold Prediction: Nationals def. Marlins 5-0

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