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Open Thread and Ichthyomancy: Marlins at Phillies (7/14)

TIME: 7:05 @ CBP

         MARLINS                                        PHILLIES
A.J. Burnett (5-5, 3.33, 21.8)          Brett Myers (6-5, 3.20, 30.9)

Baseball is back. The All-Star break was nice and all. I really enjoyed the home run derby (even if the balls were juiced). But it's nice to have some games that really count again.

VORP was added to the stats for tonight's starters (above). Now you see the pitcher's name, his W-L record, ERA, and VORP.

This news is a little old, so you may have heard it already, but Jason Vargas has either been called up from AA (technically at least - he's only totalled 19 innings in AA), has been added to the 40-man roster, or will be soon. It's unclear what his role will be (my guess is that he's Leiter's replacement - but hopefully this doesn't mean that Beckett is out for a long stretch). Joe Frisaro shares details here.

UPDATE Maverick reports that Leiter has been released and Vargas is now on the Major League roster.

The new Ichthyomancy pick table is below. I'll do my best to keep the table current. Even if your name isn't listed, you are encouraged to play. Remember that with tonight's game we start the second half contest - in addition to the full season event, so even if you haven't been playing, now is a great time to start.

Ichthyomancy Pick Table:

Person Player Attendance AAB
Mike Delgado 34,423 Pierre: 3B, SB
Carolina Gonzalez 31,464 Pen: 3 IP, 0 R
Craig --- --- ---
Danielfred1235 Burnett 31,240 A.J.: 8 K
Dex Pierre 30,118 Two GRD
Double B Burnett --- ---
Fishfan24 Pierre 35,000 Cabrera: GRD, not over wall
Jsprt05 Cabrera 24,304 A.J.: 12 K
Seamusfurr --- --- ---
StrandedX02 Encarnacion 31,227 JP: 2 SB
Wiggins Burnett 32,835 Abreu: 3 K

Follow the action virtually here

Make your picks and discuss...