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Open Thread and Ichthyomancy: Pirates at Marlins (4/21)

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Next Game

Pittsburgh Pirates
@ Florida Marlins

Thursday, Apr 21, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT
Sun Life Stadium

James McDonald vs Chris Volstad

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing in from center 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 - Chris Volstad 0-1 2 2 0 0 0 0 9.2 12 9 6 2 6 4 5.59 1.86


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - James McDonald 0-1 3 3 0 0 0 0 15.2 19 14 13 3 9 9 7.47 1.79


Breakout the brooms Florida! Because the Marlins are going for the sweep!

Chris Volstad takes the mound for the Marlins. Volstad, as of yet, hasn't found his groove. In his first start he was doing a good job of pounding the lower part of the strike zone. But unfortunately, the home plate umpire decided the lower half of the strike zone didn't count and Chris had to adjust. And to top it off, the defense played like crap behind him. In his second start, he had trouble getting his pitches down while also catching too much of the plate. Since Volstad is pitching on extra days of rest, he has been working on his delivery and hopefully has everything ironed out. It shouldn't take too much to get him into sync, he wasn't all that far off. It is important that in tonight's game he just trust himself and pitches and not be thinking about his mechanics while on the mound. If he can do that, he can put in a nice performance.

James McDonald will stride to the hill for Pirates. McDonald is also having problems with his mechanics and has been haunted by the big inning in his starts this season. McDonald has been walking way too many batters and then trying to overcompensate by catching too much of the plate. He throws a fastball (92 mph), curve and change. When he can command it, he does have a nice curve ball.

As true to recent past, the lineup changes once again tonight:

Bonifacio, LF
Infante, 2B
Ramirez,SS
Gaby, 1B
Dobbs, 3B
Staton, RF
Cousins, CF
Hayes, C
Volstad, P

Is this Sunday?

I know he has been hot lately, but I don't like the idea of Bonifacio leading off. It brings back nightmares. But it really doesn't matter especially considering the way Infante and Hanley are hitting at the moment.

If you listen to games on the radio, remember, this one will be WHIM 1080 AM. 790 The Ticket, apparently, to them, found something better to broadcast than the Marlins game. So don't forget to move up on your radio dial.

Also, John Dewan, the author of the Fielding Bible, will be featured in tonight's broadcast. And if he tells once again how Chase Utley saved 64 runs with his slick fielding, I'm throwing something at the television. John's a good guy and does good work, but I still don't believe his 2009 season assessment on Utley. Other than that, everything else looked reasonable. Of course, maybe the reason for my displeasure is that I hate the Phillies. That may factor in a little bit.

Ichthyomancy has its broom in hand.

Best of Luck to You!