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Open Thread and Ichthyomancy: Marlins at Cardinals (8/1)

We're going to a new format for the open threads from now on (at least as long as there aren't too many complaints about it). Gone are the start time, team logos, and starting pitching matchups. Basically I'm doing this because lining up the logos and starting pitchers takes some time each day and I don't think it adds any value for anyone. I'm guessing that most of you (everyone, right?) are checking out the team's official site, a major sports site, and/or your newspaper for the Marlins' starter and their opponent's.

I hope that's not a big deal, but if it is, say so.

Personally, I'd rather have a little commentary to open up the open thread and, of course, the ichthyomancy table.

So here it is for today:

Starters: Ismael Valdez (0-0, 1.80) vs. Jason Marquis (9-8, 3.77)

The Marlins take their hot streak into St. Louis, where the Cardinals have been hot all year. After losing the homestand opener to the Pirates last week, the Marlins went on a pretty nice little run. If they can continue their winning ways in St. Louis (starting tonight at 8:10 - and tonight's game will be on ESPN), I may be back to believing in this team's playoff chances.

Don't forget to vote today (see thread below).

Photi has a nice piece up about Jeff Conine's new restaurant.

Ichthyomancy Pick Table:

Person Player Attendance AAB
Carolina Cabrera 39,837 Lowell: HR
Colombo259 Cabrera 38,419 Valdez: 5.1 IP, 2 ER
Craig Lowell 40,997 Lowell: 3B
Danielfred1235 Pierre 40,500 Villone: 2 IP, zeroes
Dex Lo Duca 36,293 Bench clearing Brawl
Double B
Fishfan24 LoDuca 30,000
Jsprt05 Cabrera 42,376 Pujols: 0-for-the night
Seamusfurr Valdez 35,012 Pujols: 3 K
StrandedX02 Castillo 41,227 Valdez: 3 ER, W

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Make your picks and discuss...