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Open Thread and Ichthyomancy: Marlins at Nationals (4/4)

The Marlins are going for the sweep today.  The only time in the team's history they have ever started the season 3-0 was in 1997.  Since the organization is honoring the ten year anniversary our first World Series win this year, it would only be appropriate to begin the season in like fashion.

The starting pitcher for the Marlins is Anibal Sanchez.

The Nationals will send Matt Chico to the hill in his major league debut.

Game time is at the very unfortunate time of 1:05 p.m.

I don't know what it is about the Nationals and their love of day games, especially on weekdays.  And don't try to sell me on this being a "get away game".  The Fish have an off-day on Thursday. But leaving that be and on to other matters.

Dontrelle has sort of taken Anibal under his wing in order to prevent him from having a second year slump.

Part of the problem, Willis said, was that he was guilty of overthinking, trying to make fine adjustments instead of relying on his natural abilities.

He said he doubts Sanchez will fall victim to the same sophomore slide.

'I told him, `Just keep having fun, keep enjoying the game,' '' Willis said.

Chico is a lefty who put up pretty decent numbers in Double-A last year.  What I do know about him is that he flunked out of USC and then a junior college before landing in the pros.  I guess he is more of a baseball player than a student.

Ichtyomancy is front and center.  It is a day game so be sure to get your picks in on time.

Here's today's Ichthyomancy pick table:

FishStriper Attendance Player AAB
Al State 22,000 Sanchez Marlins R=Nats H
Brickell 17,500 Sanchez Marlins: W, 9-1
C60 14,888 Jacobs Marlins: R > 8
Colombo 19,375 Sanchez Sanchez: K=5
Dan 18,499 Willingham Ramirez: Cycle
Fluxuation 18,497 Ramirez Ramirez SB=Nats H
HadMatter 13,500 Cabrera Marlins: bullpen 0 H
Hoboken 16,455 Uggla Uggla: 3+ XBH
Jim B 15,500 Willingham Marlins SB=Nats E
Jsprt06 16,584 Sanchez Cabrera RBI=Sanchez BB
Maverick 17,372 Ross Ross TB > Nats H
MistaRaggy 16,982 Marlins: 1+ R during 6.1

Best of Luck to Everyone!