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Game 77: Philadelphia Phillies @ Miami Marlins, Game Thread and Ichthyomancy

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Marlins lead the series 1-0

Fri 06/29 WP: Josh Johnson (5 - 5)
LP: Cliff Lee (0 - 5)
6 - 2 win

Philadelphia Phillies
@ Miami Marlins

Saturday, Jun 30, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT
Marlins Park

Cole Hamels vs Mark Buehrle

Mostly sunny. Winds blowing from left to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 90.

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Sun 07/01 1:10 PM EDT

Last night, the Miami Marlins picked up their second win in a row, signaling the first "winning streak" since the start of June against the Philadelphia Phillies. This afternoon, the Marlins will again look to pick up another consecutive win in order to finish off a horrific month in a strong fashion. Looking to stop them is the dominant Cole Hamels, and the Marlins will throw fellow lefty Mark Buehrle out there today.

Pitching Matchup

Proj Win% Proj ERA FIP ERA Marlins Phillies ERA FIP Proj ERA Proj Win%
.511 3.86 4.13 3.55 Buehrle Hamles 3.03 3.18 3.32 .578

The Marlins are sending out Buehrle, who is coming off of his best start of the season in the 9-0 blowout of the Toronto Blue Jays. Not only did Buehrle shut them out over seven innings, but he also struck out seven Jays while walking just two. Buehrle's previous season best in strikeouts was five, so it was good to see him whiffing tons of batters for a change. Of course, we cannot expect him to do that again, but hopefully he puts in his usual good performance against the Phillies offense.

Cole Hamels is looking to continue a second straight ridiculous season on his way to free agency. However, the last time Hamels met the Marlins, it was not a pretty start for him. He gave up five runs in 6 2/3 innings, and though he struck out eight Fish, he also gave up two home runs. Hopefully the Marlins can do the same to him this time around.

Lineup

Order Player Proj wOBA vs. LHP
1 Jose Reyes .350
2 Hanley Ramirez .373
3 Giancarlo Stanton .408
4 Logan Morrison .326
5 Justin Ruggiano .315
6 Omar Infante .331
7 Gaby Sanchez .350
8 John Buck .313

The Fish are going with the same lineup that successfully beat Cliff Lee last night, and perhaps the bats will continue their recent two-week resurgence against another lefty, even a tough one like Hamels. Justin Ruggiano in particular deserves some credit, as his three-for-four night brought his season line up to .388/.474/.714 (.479 wOBA). Ozzie Guillen did give him a recent start against right-handed pitching, so he may get another one fairly soon thanks to his hot start.

Bold Prediction: Phillies def. Marlins 4-3