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Open Thread and Ichthyomancy: Marlins at Rays (6/17)

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Florida Marlins
@ Tampa Bay Rays

Friday, Jun 17, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT
Tropicana Field

Brad Hand vs Wade Davis

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W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Brad Hand 0-2 2 2 0 0 0 0 11.0 6 5 4 2 6 8 3.27 1.09



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Wade Davis 5-5 13 13 0 0 0 0 78.2 87 44 42 12 31 38 4.81 1.50


The Marlins are in St. Petersburg to play a three-game set against the Rays. The Marlins took two of three when to two clubs met in Miami. But sadly, the Marlins were playing ball a little differently then.

Brad Hand takes the mound for the Marlins. Hand has been a delightful surprise since being called up. This will be his third Major League start and hopefully, his first win. Hand is all about commanding the strike zone. If he can hit it consistently he could put up a very good outing. If not, he will walk a bunch. Which is never good. Hand is not polished by any means, but the potential is there.

Wade Davis takes his turn in the Rays rotation. Davis in his last four starts wasn't very good, and that is putting it kindly. In those four starts he gave up a combined 33 hits, 22 runs and 6 HR. Davis throws a fastball (92 mph), slider, curve and change. I guess his fastball has been the most effective, but it's nothing to write home about. This will be his first start against the Marlins and he couldn't have picked a better time to make his debut against the Fish.

The Marlins starting lineup:

Ramirez, SS
Infante, 2B
LoMo, LF
Gaby, DH
Dobbs, 1B
Stanton, RF
Lopez, 3B
Buck, C
Wise, CF

Ladies and gentlemen, your new look Marlins. Gaby will be the DH for probably the first two games and on Sunday expect to see Hanley in that spot.

Leo's back is still tight, or tight again, whichever, and that begs the question: Why in the World is he closing? If they Marlins get in a save situation tonight, Edwin may go with Leo but the totally freaked out Cishek is always a possibility.

Note: JJ threw a 20 pitch bullpen session today and felt fine afterwards, which is good news. After the All-Star break is the earliest we will see him back with the big club.

Ichthyomancy is so glad it is Friday.

Best of Luck to You!