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Open Thread and Ichthyomancy: Marlins at Diamonbacks (7/18)

TIME: 9:40 @ 'da BOB

         MARLINS                                  DIAMONDBACKS
Jason Vargas (0-0, 0.00)                   Mike Gosling (0-2, 4.61)

The future is now as the Fish open a three game set in a futuristic ballpark with a starting pitcher that we didn't expect to see in the Majors this year. But don't think that Vargas' 0.00 ERA is so scintillating simply because he hasn't pitched in the Bigs. He has - one whole inning. And yes, that's more than 5% of the innings he logged in Double-A. Hopefully Vargas' mini-outing on Thursday won't be enough for the DBacks to have built a scouting report off of.

Off the field, rumors abound regarding trades. If Lowell isn't in the starting lineup tonight, chatter will increase. If Encarnacion isn't in the lineup, that will dial up the speculation even further. Isn't tonight A.J.'s night to chart pitches (since he starts tomorrow)? Sometimes we get a shot of that in the dugout (and the announcers talk about it). It will be interesting to see if we get that tonight.

Speaking of trade talk, Wiggins has the deal going down tonight. There's still time for you to make your pick regarding A.J. There's also regular ichthyomancy.

Ichthyomancy Pick Table:

Person Player Attendance AAB
Mike LoDuca 27,653
Boyd Delgado 21,382
Carolina Vargas 21,540 Pierre: 3B
Craig Delgado 23,551 Delagdo: goes pool
Danielfred1235 Third baseman 19,876 Bench-clearing brawl: 4+ ejections, incl. 1+ manager
Dex Pierre 20,517 Ball into pool
Double B Vargas
Fishfan24 Pierre 21,000 Trade announced pre-4th
Jsprt05 Cabrera 25,346 Vargas: 5 IP
Seamusfurr Pierre 22,222 2 HBP
StrandedX02 Delgado 24,527 Vargas: 2 ER, W
Wiggins Lowell 22,856 Lowell: 2 HR

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