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Open Thread and Ichthyomancy: Pirates at Marlins (4/20)

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Pittsburgh Pirates
@ Florida Marlins

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT
Sun Life Stadium

Charlie Morton vs Ricky Nolasco

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

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W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Ricky Nolasco 1-0 3 3 0 0 0 0 20.0 21 9 9 4 1 10 4.05 1.10


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Charlie Morton 2-0 3 3 1 0 0 0 22.0 13 5 4 2 12 6 1.64 1.14

The Marlins are going for the series win tonight. And surprise, the game is actually going to be on television. Will wonders never cease.

Ricky Nolasco takes the hill for the Marlins. In Ricky's last start he looked a little ragged early, using 38 of his 70 pitches thrown, to get out of the first inning. But that came as no surprise since he had thrown 108 pitches in the previous start without being fully stretched out. Since the Marlins held him to just 70 pitches against the Braves, he should be fully recovered and we will see the Ricky we all know and love. He has the stuff to completely shutdown the Pirates and hopefully he will bring it with him tonight.

Charlie Morton takes his turn in the Pirates' rotation. Morton has simply been fantastic so far. The most earned runs he has given up in a start this season has been two. There is very little guess work as to what he is going to throw to hitters. It will be his sinker, and it is a good one. He doesn't strike many out but instead relies on the hitters to pound the ball into the ground. And so far this season, pound away they have. He does also have a slider, change and curve but he rarely throws them. Hopefully tonight, he will leave his sinker up in the zone. Hey, it will happen sometime this season, why not tonight? Interesting note: for their careers Hanley is 0-10 and Bonifacio is 0-6 against Morton.

There are some changes to Marlins lineup for this game:

Coghlan, CF
Infante, 2B
Ramirez, SS
Gaby, 1B
Dobbs, 3B
Stanton, RF
Buck, C
Bonifacio, LF
Nolasco, P

Most obviously, LoMo is out and Dobbs will be at third.

In Ichthyomancy news: the results table is posted, so take a look at and make sure your total is correct. If you feel I made a mistake when adding up your score, let me know.

Ichthyomancy is ready for action.

Best of Luck to You!