Miami Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs: Game 22 Thread and Ichthyomancy

Andy Lyons

The Miami Marlins and Chicago Cubs go head-to-head in the first game of a four-game weekend series. It will be Kevin Slowey facing off against Edwin Jackson in the first game.

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4 game series vs Cubs @ Marlins Park

Chicago Cubs
@ Miami Marlins

Thursday, Apr 25, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT
Marlins Park

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing from left to right field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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The Miami Marlins are facing off against the Chicago Cubs after a quick six-game road trip just finished up. The Fish are back at home for a four-game set against the Cubs, and tonight's first matchup will be between Kevin Slowey and Edwin Jackson.

Pitching Matchup

Proj Win% Proj ERA FIP ERA Marlins Reds ERA FIP Proj ERA Proj Win%
.419 4.71 3.73 1.90 Slowey Jackson 4.84 3.05 3.92 .504

Kevin Slowey has been fooling everyone with his combination of low home run rates and high strand rates, leading to a deceptively weak 1.90 ERA. Even his 3.73 FIP cannot be expected to continue, as that does not take into account his traditionally high home run rates thanks to his low ground ball rates. At any time now, Slowey's regression should be coming, and when it does, it may be difficult to swallow for Marlins fans. Still, here's hoping it does not start tonight against the Cubs.

Edwin Jackson is now playing for his eighth team in his career, and he is doing the same consistent thing he has done each of the past four seasons. He basically has decent numbers across the board on strikeouts, walks, and home runs, while at the same time accumulating workmanlike innings counts.

Lineup

No lineup as of yet, Fish Stripers, assist me!

Notes

- Check out all there is to know about the Cubs over at SB Nation's Bleed Cubbie Blue.

Bold Prediction: Cubs def. Marlins 3-1

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