Game 140: Miami Marlins @ Washington Nationals, Game Thread and Ichthyomancy

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Marlins lead the series 1-0

Fri 09/07 WP: Chad Gaudin (3 - 1)
SV: Steve Cishek
LP: Tyler Clippard (2 - 4)
9 - 7 win

Miami Marlins
@ Washington Nationals

Saturday, Sep 8, 2012, 1:05 PM EDT
Nationals Park

Mark Buehrle vs Ross Detwiler

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to center field at 10-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 85.

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Sun 09/09 1:35 PM EDT

The Miami Marlins are one of the worst teams in baseball, and they were facing one of the best pitchers in baseball. So the naturally expected result, of course, is that the Fish demolished Strasburg again before losing the lead and winning it back in extra innings 9-7.

So this afternoon, the Marlins will try again, this time against lefty Ross Detwiler. They will send their own lefty, Mark Buehrle. The good news? This pitching matchup is better than last night's. The bad news? I'll be watching today's game. Uh oh.

Pitching Matchup

Proj Win% Proj ERA FIP ERA Marlins Nationals ERA FIP Proj ERA Proj Win%
--- --- 4.18 3.78 Buehrle Detwiler 3.15 3.66 --- ---

The Marlins may be going to a six-man rotation in order to give Jacob Turner and Nathan Eovaldi some rest and looks in September, but the unintended consequence of that is that Mark Buehrle's 11-season 200-innings streak is in jeopardy this season. Combine the natural tendency to pull starting pitchers for pinch-hitters earlier in games and this new six-man rotation and we may see Buehrle a few innings shy of 200 innings this year. He looks to go long and avoid the long ball today.

Lineup

Order Player Proj wOBA vs. LHP
1 Gorkys Hernandez .275
2 Donovan Solano .295
3 Jose Reyes .340
4 Carlos Lee .337
5 Giancarlo Stanton .400
6 Justin Ruggiano .346
7 John Buck .300
8 Donnie Murphy .293

Bold Prediction: Nationals def. Marlins 4-3

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