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Game 96: Atlanta Braves @ Miami Marlins, Game Thread and Ichthyomancy

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3 game series vs Braves @ Marlins Park

Atlanta Braves
@ Miami Marlins

Monday, Jul 23, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT
Marlins Park

Mike Minor vs Josh Johnson

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

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The Miami Marlins are coming home as dejected losers of five straight games, and they get the prize of facing the hated Atlanta Braves for their first challenger in a six-game home stand. With each loss, the Marlins creep closer to being "sellers" at the trade deadline and looking forward to a 2013 with contention in their minds. Meanwhile, the Braves sit atop the Wild Card standings at the moment and are looking to continue stretching a lead that has widened a little over the weekend.

I am excited about tonight's game mostly because I am going to be at the park tonight! If you are going to be at the park as well, make sure you come by and visit!

Pitching Matchup

Proj Win% Proj ERA FIP ERA Marlins Pirates ERA FIP Proj ERA Proj Win%
.618 3.02 3.13 4.35 Johnson Minor 5.69 5.23 4.69 .420

The last time we saw Mike Minor, he had two terrible innings and we scored a bunch of runs and won a game in Atlanta. The last time we saw Josh Johnson, he whiffed six batters but gave up a home run and struggled with hit-itis again. My bet is on Johnson doing a better job against the Braves than Minor does against the Marlins.

Lineup

Order Player Proj wOBA vs. LHP
1 Jose Reyes .349
2 Donovan Solano .307
3 Carlos Lee .322
4 Justin Ruggiano .345
5 Logan Morrison .326
6 Emilio Bonifacio .307
7 Omar Infante .323
8 John Buck .311

Notes

- If you did not catch it, here is our series preview for the Braves series. Talking Chop had their own series preview.

- I'll be in the Vista Reserved section tonight with my girlfriend, enjoying all-you-can-eat food of all kinds. This will be my second visit to the park and her first, so I am excited for her. If you are at the park, feel free to stop by, I am in row J, seats 1 and 2.

Bold Prediction: Marlins def. Braves 3-2