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Open Thread and Ichthyomancy: Marlins at Rays (6/19)

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Next Game

Florida Marlins
@ Tampa Bay Rays

Sunday, Jun 19, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT
Tropicana Field

Chris Volstad vs James Shields

. 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 - Chris Volstad 2-7 13 13 0 0 0 0 72.2 86 52 49 14 23 52 6.07 1.50


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - James Shields 6-4 14 14 4 3 0 0 103.2 82 32 30 12 27 98 2.60 1.05

Happy Father's Day to all of the fathers out there.

The Marlins are still looking for a way to begin righting the ship, but this has proven to be difficult to find. Maybe today is the day.

Chris Volstad takes the hill for the Marlins. I know this is going to sound stupid, but if you take away the four home runs where his sinker was just spinning as if it was setup on a tee, he actually pitched pretty decently in his last start. The key for Volstad is always whether the sinker will sink and if he can pound the lower part of the strike zone while pitching inside. If all the parts come together, he will keep the Marlins in the game. Chris has had some success in the Trop.

James Shields gets the start for the Rays. Shields is fresh off a complete game shutout of Boston. The last time he faced the Marlins he did the same thing to the Fish. Oh, boy. To make it even worse, he is a better pitcher at home and shines during day games. In other words, on paper, this game is totally stacked against us. Which means, for some strange reason, we will win.

The Marlins lineup may be added later or not.

Ichthyomancy is just looking for a glimmer of hope.

Best of Luck to You!