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Open Thread and Ichthyomancy: Marlins at Cardinals (5/2)

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Next Game

Florida Marlins
@ St. Louis Cardinals

Monday, May 2, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT
Busch Stadium

Chris Volstad vs Kyle Lohse

Mostly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing in from left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 55.

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W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Chris Volstad 2-1 4 4 0 0 0 0 22.0 23 16 13 3 10 14 5.32 1.50


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Kyle Lohse 4-1 6 5 1 1 0 0 38.1 23 7 7 1 5 24 1.64 .73


The Marlins are in St. Louis to play four against the Cardinals. This is the first four-game series of the season. To make it even more memorable, I'm showing that it is 52 degrees and raining. While that may not be cold by St. Louis standards for early May, it is by South Florida standards.

Chris Volstad takes the hill for the Marlins. Volstad had a very nice outing in his last going 7 innings, scattering 7 hits, allowing only 2 runs and walking 1. If Chris can pound the lower part of the zone, he can be very effective. I believe this will be his first start, ever, in Busch Stadium. Maybe he will find it to his likings. Probably the biggest key for him will be the cold since it can sometimes be hard to "feel" the seams in colder weather.

Kyle Lohse gets the call for the Cardinals. Lohse doesn't have to worry about the cold because he is absolutely on fire. Lohse hasn't allowing an earned run in his last 19 innings of work. But all streaks come to an end and this one needs to end tonight. He throws mainly a fastball (89 mph), slider and change. He does throw a curve but rarely uses it. All of pitches have been plus this season.

The Marlins lineup is as follows:

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

No surprises there.

NOTE: The Marlins have p

Ichthyomancy really does hate Mondays, but a win could brighten everything up.

Best of Luck to You!