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

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Florida Marlins
@ St. Louis Cardinals

Thursday, May 5, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT
Busch Stadium

Josh Johnson vs Jake Westbrook

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to left 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 - Josh Johnson 3-0 6 6 0 0 0 0 41.0 18 6 4 1 11 39 0.88 .71


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Jake Westbrook 2-2 6 6 0 0 0 0 30.1 38 25 22 3 19 14 6.53 1.88

The Marlins are going for the series win today. Winning a four-game series isn't an easy thing to do, especially on the road and against a team as good as the Cardinals. But the Marlins are most definitely in a position to do so. And on paper, they have a real shot at pulling it off.

Josh Johnson is the starter of record for the Marlins. JJ has allowed a total of 4 earned runs in his first 6 starts this season. While according to some, since JJ pitches most of his games in JRS, he can't be considered an elite pitcher. However, he will somehow try to persevere in today's game. (Something gives me idea that I will soon be in a conversation with GameFish about letting things go.) JJ will be making his second start in a day game this year. He stunk his first one by only going 7 innings and giving up 1 earned run.

Jake Westbrook takes the hill for the Cardinals. Westbrook got off to a rough start but has seemingly found his groove. He hasn't gone past 6 innings in any start so far this season, due to pitching deep into counts and giving up a few too many walks. This will be Westbrook's fifth start during the day this season, and to this point, he has proven himself to be a creature of the night. His night ERA is 1.59 as compared to his day ERA of 9.47. But don't let this fool you, when he gets in a groove, he can be quite good no matter the time of day.

The Marlins lineup:

It's 4 a.m., I have no idea.

Ichthyomancy is getting its hate on for weekday day games. But nonetheless, Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Best of Luck to You!