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Open Thread and Ichthyomancy: Astros at Marlins (7/8)

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Houston Astros
@ Florida Marlins

Friday, Jul 8, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT
Sun Life Stadium

Jordan Lyles vs Javier Vazquez

Mostly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing from right to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Javier Vazquez 4-8 19 17 0 0 0 0 89.1 105 63 56 14 34 62 5.64 1.56


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Jordan Lyles 0-3 7 7 0 0 0 0 41.0 42 22 19 5 13 32 4.17 1.34

The Marlins are going to try and do something they haven't done since May 24-26, win three games in-a-row. The last time the Fish accomplished the feat was the sweep of the Giants in San Francisco.

Javier Vazquez takes the mound for the Marlins. Javy's last start was a good one, he went 6 innings allowing only 2 runs. Both runs came via the long ball when he gave up two solo shots. In fact those were the only earned runs Vazquez has allowed in his last 18.1 innings of work. Javy much like the Marlins have performed better on the road than at home, but no time like the present to change that now. Did you know that since 2001 Javy leads all Major League pitchers in strikeouts with 1,998? It's true.

Jordan Lyles gets the start for the Astros. Lyles was rated by some as Houston's top prospect and tonight he will be making his eighth start of his big league career. In his last outing he went 5 innings giving up only 3 and no runs, but he did walk 5. The 20 year-old throws a fastball (90 mph), slider, cutter, curve and change. The cutter and curve are his most effective pitches.

The Marlins starting lineup:

Petersen, CF
Infante, 2B
Gaby, 1B
Ramirez, SS
LoMo, LF
Stanton, RF
Dobbs, 3B
Buck, C
Vazquez, P

I guess Jack wasn't wanting to shake up the lineup too radically and just placed Petersen in the lead off spot. Not really a bad idea in that Bryan has speed so if he gets on, he won't be clogging the bases.

Ichthyomancy is ready for the weekend.

Best of Luck to You!