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Open Thread and Ichthyomancy: Rockies at Marlins (4/23)

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Next Game

Colorado Rockies
@ Florida Marlins

Saturday, Apr 23, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT
Sun Life Stadium

Jason Hammel vs Javier Vazquez

Clear. Winds blowing in from right field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Javier Vazquez 1-1 3 3 0 0 0 0 13.1 19 14 11 2 11 6 7.42 2.25


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Jason Hammel 1-1 3 3 0 0 0 0 17.0 19 11 9 3 5 10 4.76 1.41

The Marlins are going for the series win tonight. I need to research this during the game but I think if the Marlins win, it will be the best start to a season in franchise history.

Steady yourself because this next part is going to be a shocker: The Game is on Television! Woo Hoo! And who says miracles never happen.

Javier Vazquez is on the mound for the Marlins. In Javier's last start the Marlins coaches saw something they didn't like in his delivery and with the off-day were able to push his start back to work on his mechanics. The initial announced goal was to increase his velocity by getting him to drive more with his legs. If he can get more velocity along with control without him making the conscious effort to ramp it up, then great. But if he is out there trying to throw as hard as he can, then it won't work. We will see how much the extra work has helped. Hopefully it will pay dividends.

Jason Hammel gets the ball for the Rockies. In his last start, he threw a definitional quality start but took the loss when the Rockies failed to lend him any run support. He, for his career, has pitched better on the road than at home. However, the confines of JRS haven't been kind to him in the past. His career ERA at JRS is 6.75. Hammel is a fastball (92-93 mph), slider, curve and change pitcher. His change has been his most effective pitch this season but normally it's his slider and curve that are the best. Like most pitchers, he is still trying to get a feel for his breaking stuff.

Ooh, I know, let's go with a new lineup:

Coghlan, CF

Infante, 2B

Ramirez, SS

Gaby, 1B

Dobbs, 3B

Stanton, RF

Buck, C

Bonifacio, LF

Vazquez, P

In one sense, the Marlins are like a little league team, in that, everyone gets to play.

Ichthyomancy is ready for Super Saturday.

Best of Luck to You!