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Game 50: Washington Nationals @ Miami Marlins, Game Thread and Ichthyomancy

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Marlins lead the series 1-0

Mon 05/28 WP: Carlos Zambrano (3 - 3)
SV: Heath Bell
LP: Jordan Zimmermann (3 - 5)
5 - 3 win

Washington Nationals
@ Miami Marlins

Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT
Marlins Park

Edwin Jackson vs Anibal Sanchez

Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing in from right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 85.

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Wed 05/30 7:10 PM EDT

The Miami Marlins pulled off a close, well-played 5-3 victory yesterday afternoon on Memorial Day, but today, it is back to the typical evening grind. The Fish are looking to gain another game on the division leading Washington Nationals, and they get a shot at it with one of their best starters in Anibal Sanchez on the mound. Just as important is the fact that the Marlins are 19-8 in the month of May, and that record puts them just one win shy of the team's record for most wins in a single month. To commemorate the possibility of a 20th glorious victory, we are making each game in pursuit of that 20th win a potential Double Ichthy Points day for Ichthyomancy!

Pitching Matchup

Proj Win% Proj ERA FIP ERA Marlins Nationals ERA FIP Proj ERA Proj Win%
.548 3.56 2.70 2.87 Sanchez Jackson 3.38 3.29 3.82 .516

If I told you that Anibal Sanchez has been the Marlins' best player this season, you probably would agree with me, though at this point Giancarlo Stanton would give him a run for his money. Sanchez has been a monster for the Fish this season, and he could continue to do so against a Nationals lineup that is good at the top but peeters off a good deal towards the end.

Going against him is Edwin Jackson, whom the Marlins possibly considered this offseason for a free agent signing before settling on Carlos Zambrano to fill a starter role. Zambrano has been excellent, but so has Jackson, and he too is on a one-year deal for the Nationals. He has been very good thus far this season, limiting his walks to an all-time low for him while upping his strikeout rate from last season.

Lineup

Order Player Proj wOBA vs. RHP
1 Jose Reyes .350
2 Omar Infante .321
3 Hanley Ramirez .351
4 Giancarlo Stanton .373
5 Logan Morrison .364
6 Bryan Petersen .315
7 John Buck .300
8 Chris Coghlan .320

The Marlins are running out their typical lineup. Typical lineup is typical (and in this case, well built).

Notes

- As I mentioned, tonight's game is a potential Double Ichthy Points game! Why "potential?" Well, its status as a double-points game depends on whether the Marlins get their 20th win of the month. If the team wins, all Double Ichthy Points rules apply:

1) All correct picks will be worth double the points

2) All non-attendance incorrect picks will be worth -1 points.

However, if the Marlins lose, tomorrow night's game will be a Double Ichthy Points night, and tonight's will be a regular game. And this will continue until the last day of the month or the Marlins' 20th win, whichever comes first!

Bold Prediction: Marlins def. Nationals 3-2