Miami Marlins vs. St. Louis Cardinals: Game 85 Thread and Ichthyomancy

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The Miami Marlins will look to continue their winning ways against the best team in the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals. Jacob Turner will compete in his home state versus Jake Westbrook.

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3 game series vs Cardinals @ Busch Stadium

Miami Marlins
@ St. Louis Cardinals

Friday, Jul 5, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT
Busch Stadium

Jacob Turner vs Jake Westbrook

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing from right to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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Do you believe in magic?

If not, can you at least believe in the Miami Marlins?

The Fish have been riding a stream of wins to a more respectable (but still terrible) record, and they will look to continue picking up victories on this upcoming road trip. Standing in their way is the second best team in the National League, the 50-win St. Louis Cardinals. The last time these two teams met, the Fish got the better of the Cards in a surprising three-game series win.

Pitching Matchup
Proj Win% Proj ERA FIP ERA Marlins Cardinals ERA FIP Proj ERA Proj Win%
.411 4.78 2.94 1.76 Turner Westbrook 2.95 4.03 4.48 .442

For Jacob Turner, this is something of a homecoming start, as he was born in St. Charles, Missouri, just a quick 24-mile drive west on I-70 from St. Louis, the site of tonight's game. Turner has been stellar thus far this season, getting hitters to whiff and shutting down the home run department so far. However, there's no guarantee that will last, especially against a great Cardinals lineup.

If someone could explain to me how Jake Westbrook has a 2.95 ERA despite almost the same number of walks as strikeouts, that would be great.

Lineup
Order Player Proj wOBA vs. RHP
1 Justin Ruggiano .314
2 Ed Lucas ---
3 Giancarlo Stanton .394
4 Logan Morrison .355
5 Marcell Ozuna .301
6 Derek Dietrich .306
7 Adeiny Hechavarria .270
8 Jeff Mathis .255
9 Pitcher ---

Hey, the lineup worked last night, why not try it again? On the bright side, another start for Justin Ruggiano against a right-hander. On the downside, the Marlins are trying to ride the "hot streak" of Jeff Mathis, eater of worlds. The rest of the lineup looks about as good as it is going to get, though.

Bold Prediction: Marlins def. Cardinals 3-2

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