Miami Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies: Game 29 Thread and Ichthyomancy

Jamie Sabau

The Miami Marlins embark on a ten-game road trip, and the trip starts with a four-game series versus the Phialdelphia Phillies. Alex Sanabia and Kyle Kendrick square off on the mound.

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4 game series vs Phillies @ Citizens Bank Park

Miami Marlins
@ Philadelphia Phillies

Thursday, May 2, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT
Citizens Bank Park

Alex Sanabia vs Kyle Kendrick

Clear. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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The Miami Marlins are off for a ten-game road trip that begins in Philadelphia for four games against the Phillies. Both the Marlins and Phillies have seen better times than their work this April, so both are trying to get a fresh start in the month of May. It will be Alex Sanabia versus Kyle Kendrick in this first game.

Pitching Matchup

Proj Win% Proj ERA FIP ERA Marlins Phillies ERA FIP Proj ERA Proj Win%
.341 5.55 5.25 4.85 Sanabia Kendrick 2.41 3.47 4.28 .463

Alex Sanabia continues to confuse everyone. His performance so far this year has been bad, and his peripherals are even worse. Sanabia still has more walks than strikeouts, for example. Then again, that 10.9 percent swinging strike rate has to have Marlins fans interested. If Sanabia can just starting hitting the strike zone on pitches a little more often, he may become a serviceable player.

Kyle Kendrick does very well against the Marlins regularly. He has a 4.22 career ERA with a 12,2 percent strikeout rate, but he has a 3.71 ERA and 15.6 percent strikeout rate against Marlins hitters for his career. Of course, that does not mean anything, but it doesn't make Marlins fans feel better.

Lineup

Order Player Proj wOBA vs. RHP
1 Juan Pierre .294
2 Donovan Solano .275
3 Placido Polanco .278
4 Greg Dobbs .286
5 Justin Ruggiano .312
6 Rob Brantly .304
7 Marcell Ozuna ---
8 Adeiny Hechavarria .274

The Marlins' lineup still looks awful (Greg Dobbs is batting cleanup!), but at least it received one bad hitter back, as Adeiny Hechavarria returns to the lineup from his DL stint. Hechavarria is a welcome re-addition, if only for his defense, at shortstop.

Notes

- I will be in and out of the thread, thanks to my ongoing studies for my test tomorrow. Programming should become more regular tomorrow.

Bold Prediction: Phillies def. Marlins 4-1

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