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Game 101: San Diego Padres @ Miami Marlins, Game Thread and Ichthyomancy

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3 game series vs Padres @ Marlins Park

Fri 07/27 WP: Kip Wells (2 - 3)
LP: Carlos Zambrano (5 - 9)
2 - 7 loss
Sat 07/28 WP: Nathan Eovaldi (2 - 6)
SV: Steve Cishek
LP: Ross Ohlendorf (3 - 1)
4 - 2 win

San Diego Padres
@ Miami Marlins

Sunday, Jul 29, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT
Marlins Park

Clayton Richard vs Josh Johnson

Sunny. Winds blowing in from right field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 90.

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The Miami Marlins finally picked up a win last night, as the team finished off a wild week off the field with a good win on it, beating the San Diego Padres 4-2. Now the Marlins are looking for their first series win since the team swept the Philadelphia Phillies at the end of June.

The Marlins stand to have a good chance of completing their goal, because they will be sending ace Josh Johnson to the mound once again, even as he battles trade rumors. The Padres will counter with Clayton Richard on the mound.

Pitching Mathcup

Proj Win% Proj ERA FIP ERA Marlins Padres ERA FIP Proj ERA Proj Win%
.649 2.79 2.98 4.14 Johnson Richard 4.17 4.56 4.50 .440

Johnson will be heading to the mound for what still could possibly be his last time as a Marlin. Even though the odds are small, the trade rumors still are surrounding Johnson, especially with teams very interested in pitching and very few options remaining between Cole Hamels's extension and Zack Greinke's recent trade to the Los Angeles Angels. The last time JJ was on the mound, he was stellar in shutting out the Atlanta Braves through six innings while striking out nine batters.


Order Player Proj wOBA vs. LHP
1 Emilio Bonifacio .307
2 Donovan Solano .291
3 Jose Reyes .349
4 Carlos Lee .335
5 Justin Ruggiano .345
6 Austin Kearns .330
7 Donnie Murphy .308
8 Brett Hayes .272

The Marlins are not exactly boasting a star-studded lineup in this afternoon's game, as the team is opting to give a few players plenty of rest for the afternoon game. As a result, the team is playing a number of typical bench players, including Donnie MUrphy, who is making his first start since returning from Triple-A.


- Of the latest on Johnson, it seems the Marlins are asking for so much that teams are backing away. According the CBSSports's Danny Knobler, the team is asking for more than what the Milwaukee Brewers got for Zack Greinke.

Of course, Johnson is expected to throw more innings than Greinke for the team that acquires him, provided he stays healthy. But it seems that is what teams are concerned about.

Bold Prediction: Marlins def. Padres 3-1