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Open Thread and Ichthyomancy: Mets at Marlins (4/2)

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New York Mets
@ Florida Marlins

Saturday, Apr 2, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT
Sun Life Stadium

Jon Niese vs Ricky Nolasco

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Ricky Nolasco

#47 / Pitcher / Florida Marlins





Dec 13, 1982

Jon Niese

#49 / Pitcher / New York Mets





Oct 27, 1986

The Marlins are going for the series win tonight. And also it is the first Super Saturday of the season. Pitbull will give a mini-concert after the game. Don't know how you feel about Super Saturdays but the last one GameFish and I attended we ended up looking at each other and wondering out loud, why do we come to these? Of course the fact it was vuvuzelas night, didn't help our outlook on them at all.

In tonight's game the Marlins will be sending Ricky Nolasco to the mound. Ricky looked sharp in last outing in spring training, or at line score indicated he did. Since Nolaso missed the first part of spring training with a thumb injury it is hard to believe he is stretched out enough to go real deep. But if he has command of his pitches, he could give the Marlins six innings tonight.

The Mets will trot out Jon Niese. This will be Niese's second full year in the majors, assuming he stays healthy. He did pretty well in his rookie campaign only to wear down at the end of the season. The lefty throws a fastball, cut fastball, curve and occasionally mixes in a change. The cutter is his best pitch. Niese didn't have a lot of luck against the Marlins last season posting a 6.49 ERA against them. Hopefully, history will repeat itself.

The word on Mike Stanton is that he probably won't be in the lineup again until Tuesday or Wednesday. According to him he still feels some discomfort but it isn't all that bad. So a trip to the DL will probably be avoided. He is available to PH, but I don't think that is a good idea. If Stanton gets a hit and bust down the line, he could further aggravate the hamstring.

No further word, that I have found, on Matt Dominguez. I assume come Monday he will be visiting doctors and we should know more after that.

Oh sure, just as soon as I typed that I find the info on Dominguez. He will be out for 6-8 weeks. Then will have to rehab. Get his stroke back, etc. This going to take awhile. It will be interesting how the Marlins handle this situation. If Donnie Murphy does well, they could just stick with him. Or they may consider acquiring someone to play third. Since I'm sure they initially hadn't planned on Murphy manning the position for that length of time.

Ichthyomancy is ready for round two.

Best of Luck to You.