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Open Thread and Ichthyomancy: Marlins at Phillies (7/16)

TIME: 7:05 @ CBP

         MARLINS                                        PHILLIES
Scott Olsen (1-0, 2.89)                       Jon Lieber (8-8, 5.09)

I'm becoming more and more frustrated with the Marlins. They remind me of the White Sox of recent years. Up until this season, the White Sox would seem to score runs like this (game totals): 0, 2, 12, 9, 2, 1, 3, 11, 8. The inconcsistency in scoring added up to a lot of frustrating losses. It didn't matter very much how good the pitching was (or wasn't) because when you score 0 or 1 run, it's tough to win. This year, the Marlins seem to have fallen into that rut. It's odd, because the Marlins don't have an offense like the Sox used to. The Sox were built on power and waiting for the three run homer. This Marlins team has some pop, but they also (at least on paper) have some good onbase guys.

I say this, of course, after the Marlins scored 9 runs last night against a solid starting pitcher (Lidle). Tonight the Fish face a much more suspect starter (Lieber). That will probably translate to the Fish getting shut out. It never makes any sense.

Also, did you see how the Nationals lost last night? If we hadn't just witnessed college baseball's postseason a month or so ago, I'd say that I'd never seen what I saw last night. But I have seen something similar. The Nats lost last night's game on a questionable balk call. It was more of a balk than what cost Arizona State their first Super Regional game, but it was still highly unusual.

Ichthyomancy continues. Even if you haven't played before, start playing today. The 2nd half leaders only have two points, so you can easily get caught up.

Ichthyomancy Pick Table:

Person Player Attendance AAB
Mike Castillo 34,444
Carolina Cabrera 31,756 Lowell: HR
Craig Castillo 31,756
Danielfred1235 Gonzalez 32,400 Olsen: BB
Double B Olsen
Fishfan24 Pierre 33,000 Cabrera: RB 2B
Jsprt05 Olsen 37,458 LoDuca: HR
Seamusfurr Cabrera 37,022 CG from a SP
StrandedX02 Delgado 33,727 Olsen: 8 K
Wiggins Delgado 35,725 Olsen: 6 K, W

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NOTE: Craig is in charge again tonight. I'll be away most of the day, so the table most likely won't be current, but your pick will be counted.

Make your picks and discuss...