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Open Thread and Ichthyomancy: Marlins at Phillies (4/15)

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Florida Marlins
@ Philadelphia Phillies

Friday, Apr 15, 2011, 7:05 PM EDT
Citizens Bank Park

Javier Vazquez vs Roy Oswalt

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing from right to left field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around .

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2011 - Javier Vazquez 1-1 2 2 0 0 0 0 8.1 14 11 8 2 7 5 8.64 2.52

2011 - Roy Oswalt 2-0 2 2 0 0 0 0 12.0 10 4 3 1 3 8 2.25 1.08

The Marlins are in Philadelphia to play three against the Phillies. The Marlins have lost six in-a-row to the Phillies and nine of the last ten. Once again the Marlins find themselves in streak-busting mode.

The Marlins will give the ball to Javier Vazquez. Vazquez did show some improvement in his second start of the season. He was able to spot the fastball a little better and got his slider and change to be more effective. It wasn't a great start by any means, but he did improve. Yes, yes, I know, given his first start there was nowhere to go but up. Still, he looked better. CBP isn't probably one of his favorite places to pitch. He has made four starts there and complied a 6.08 ERA along the way. But the bandbox is a known quantity to him, so that may help.

Roy Oswalt toes the rubber for the Phillies. Oswalt is off to a good start this season, going 6 innings in both of his previous starts while allowing only a total of 3 earned runs. As you know, he is going to throw his fastball around 93 mph to setup his change which is 10 mph slower. And somewhere along the way mix in some sliders and curves. Like most pitchers, he does his best work at home, but Oswalt takes it to an extreme. Since joining the Philles he has not lost a game at CBP and has a 1.91 ERA when pitching there. The upside is: he will be around the plate with most everything. If that is an upside.

Today is Jackie Robinson Day. Players all across MLB will be wearing the number 42 to honor the great man. This year MLB has put together a website to honor his legacy:

Here is the official description of the site:

IAM42 is a new digital campaign designed for fans to make a personal connection to the legacy of the Hall of Famer through online video sharing and social networking. features personal video tributes from 64 current players and legends, including Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Lou Brock and Andre Dawson; and MLB All-Stars Jason Heyward, Prince Fielder, David Price, Mariano Rivera and David Wright.

Beginning on Jackie Robinson Day, fans of all ages are encouraged to share their thoughts on the enduring impact of Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier. The site will be updated throughout the year, in the leadup to the 65th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's Major League debut.

If you are going to the game tonight, the Phillies have requested that you be in your seat by 6:30 PM for the pregame ceremonies.

When the Marlins return home there will be a Jackie Robinson Day scheduled for SLS. I haven't heard when it will be but if they push it to late April, they can hold the day when the Marlins host the Dodgers and that seems like a very good time to have the ceremonies. More info on this later.

Donnie Murphy will get the start at third tonight and bat eighth. John Buck will move to the seven-hole. Other than that, the lineup is the same as the last few nights.

Oh, this will be a reunion series for Greg Dobbs. As you remember he was member of the Phillies from 2007-2010.

Ichthyomancy is more than ready for the weekend.

Best of Luck to You!