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Open Thread and Ichthyomancy: Marlins at Nationals (5/15)

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Florida Marlins
@ Washington Nationals

Sunday, May 15, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT
Nationals Park

Javier Vazquez vs Jason Marquis

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-10 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 - Javier Vazquez 2-3 7 7 0 0 0 0 35.1 44 33 27 5 22 16 6.88 1.87


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Jason Marquis 4-1 9 7 1 1 0 0 46.2 52 20 19 3 9 29 3.66 1.31

Breakout the brooms Florida because the Marlins are going for the sweep.

Javier Vazquez takes the mound for the Marlins. In a normal Vazquez start it is kinda hard to guess what the Marlins will get, but this one proves to be more difficult. Javier spent most of the week on the bereavement list tending to a death in his family. He said he followed his normal workout routine while in Puerto Rico, which he probably did, but there may have been many understandable distractions in the process. If he can give the Marlins five to six solid innings and keep the club within striking range, that really is all you can ask.

Jason Marquis toes the rubber for the Nationals. In Marquis seven starts, six of them have been of the "quality" variety and he has yet to lose at Nationals Park this season. For the most part, Marquis is keeping everything down the strike zone. He is a fastball (89 mph), slider, cutter and change pitcher. If he stays true to form he will throw mainly fastballs and changes. His change is pretty darn good when setup properly.

The Marlins lineup is:

Coghlan, CF

Bonifacio, 2B

Ramirez, SS

Gaby, 1B

LoMo, LF

Stanton, RF

Dobbs, 3B

Hayes, C

Vazquez, P

Infante gets his first day off of the season, and one richly deserved. Since the Marlins aren't turning many double plays no need to worry about the DP combination. And anyways, Boni's play at second is one of his stronger suits. I would say something about Hayes catching, but I'm afraid of jinxing everything.

Don't forget to make your President's Race picks. Your choices are: Abe, George, Thomas or Teddy. There are bonus points for picking Teddy, but if you should, know that he has never won a race.

Ichthyomancy really hates two day games in-a-row.

Best of Luck to You!