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Open Thread and Ichthyomancy: Dodgers at Marlins (4/25)

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Los Angeles Dodgers
@ Florida Marlins

Monday, Apr 25, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT
Sun Life Stadium

Jon Garland vs Ricky Nolasco

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing in from right field at 15-20 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 2-0 4 4 0 0 0 0 27.0 25 9 9 4 2 18 3.00 1.00


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Jon Garland 1-1 2 2 1 0 0 0 13.0 13 6 6 2 2 6 4.15 1.15


The Marlins welcome the Dodgers to town for a three-game set. The Dodgers bring with them some very hot hitters. For example: Matt Kemp is leading everyone in the league with a .402 batting average and Andre Ethier is presently on a 21-game hitting streak.

Ricky Nolasco strides to the hill for the Marlins. Ricky was fantastic in his last start, pitching seven innings scattering four hits, striking out eight and not allowing a run. This will be Ricky's third start against the Dodgers in his career, the last was in 2008. If he has command of his variety of pitches, the Dodgers will have a very tough time against him. The Marlins are 12-4 since June 23 when Nolasco is on the mound.

Jon Garland takes his turn in the rotation for the Dodgers. Garland will be making only his third start of the season tonight, since he opened the year on the DL with an oblique strain. His first start didn't go all that well but he was stellar in his last, pitching a complete game and only allowing one run. Garland throws almost everything in the book. He has a fastball (88 mph), slider, cutter, curve, change and a splitter. The splitter is new for this season and it has been very effective so far.

Here is the Marlins lineup for tonight's contest:

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

Hanley gets the night off, which he needs. Hopefully Murphy's knee is up to challenge of playing short stop. If it is, he will do just fine. If not, his range could be limited.

The game is on television. Ooh, that makes two in-a-row. Might be some kinda record.

Ichthyomancy is hating Monday, big surprise.

Best of Luck to You!