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Open Thread and Ichthyomancy: Twins at Marlins (6/23)

The Marlins are going for four wins in a row tonight and not to mention the series win.

The Marlins starting pitcher is Josh Johnson.

The Twins have on tap Carlos Silva.

Game time is 7:05 p.m.

This is Johnson's second start of the season.  In his first, he was a bit rusty leaving most every pitch up and over the plate, when he did manage to throw a strike.  He is still working his way back into form, but expect to see some improvement over his last outing.

Silva is a mixed bag, in that he has pitched some very good games this season along with a few awful ones.  If he is on, he will be trouble.  If not, fire up the merry-go-around.  Silva tries to induce ground balls but doesn't always succeed in that endeavor.

A couple of things to cover:  Colombo's sources at ESPN were mostly correct about the Marlins after game transactions.  Jacobs is returning to the team but in sending down Abercrombie, he was optioned and not DFA'd.  Expect Jacobs to start in tonight's game.

The other news is that Justin Morneau won't be available for a couple of days, at least.  In the collision with Olivo, he suffered a lung contusion (read bruise).  While it was a very clean play and a part of the game, we never like to see anyone get injured.  Hopefully Morneau will be as good as new very soon.  Like in the Twins next series.

Oh, if you are wanting a couple of Marlins tickets and are willing to donate to a good cause, this is the event for you:

El Banco de Sangre Comunitario hosts blood drive. Donors will receive a goodie bag that includes a T-shirt, pair of Marlins tickets and a Dave & Buster's Power Card coupon; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., various locations; free. 305-398-0400:
  • Westland Mall, 1675 W. 49th St., Hialeah; outside in Sears parking lot;
  • Mall of the Americas, 7795 W. Flagler St., West Miami-Dade; Center Court.

Ichthyomancy is living for the weekend.  It is the normal Saturday start time, so there really isn't any hurry in making your selections.  But don't forget to make them.

Here's today's Ichthyomancy pick table:

FishStriper Attendance Player AAB
Al State
Bobbob 15,000 Cabrera Marlins: 10+ H
Brickell 16,401 Uggla Marlins: W 6-3
Bumppo 17,200 Uggla Johnson: H, BB, ER < last start, K > last start
C60 16,005 Cabrera Marlins: GWRBI in 9th
Colombo 13,511 Cabrera Johnson: QS
Fluxuation Cabrera
Gottabethefives 13,333 Cabrera Ramirez: H+R+RBI ≥ 5
HadMatter 19,500 Ramirez Johnson ER < 4, Ramirez+Cabrera > 3 RBI
Hurricane 19,500 Ramirez Gregg: Save
Iguerra 21,540 Ramirez Johnson: 7 K
Jim B 22,777 Ramirez Jacobs: 1+ XBH
Jrsyeagle 18,492 Ramirez Johnson: W, 5+ K

Best of Luck to Everyone!