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Game 113: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Miami Marlins, Game Thread and Ichthyomancy

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3 game series vs Dodgers @ Marlins Park

Los Angeles Dodgers
@ Miami Marlins

Friday, Aug 10, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT
Marlins Park

Clayton Kershaw vs Mark Buehrle

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

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The Miami Marlins are coming off a series victory over the New York Mets, but along with yesterday's loss, tonight's game is going to be an extremely difficult one to beat. One day after the Marlins were soundly defeated by R.A. Dickey, the team gets none other than the reigning Cy Young award winner, Clayton Kershaw.

Pitching Matchup

Proj Win% Proj ERA FIP ERA Marlins Dodgers ERA FIP Proj ERA Proj Win%
.501 3.95 4.13 3.70 Buehrle Kershaw 2.88 2.92 2.61 .673

Look, I like Mark Buehrle and all, but this a clear mismatch. Buehrle has struggled with control over his last three starts, and even his passable Washington start was highly uncharacteristic. Clayton Kershaw, on the other hand? Versus our lineup? I don't like the odds here, guys.

Lineup

Order Player Proj wOBA vs. RHP
1 Donovan Solano .297
2 Justin Ruggiano .348
3 Carlos Lee .340
4 Giancarlo Stanton .401
5 Austin Kearns .320
6 Greg Dobbs .262
7 Nick Green ---
8 John Buck .297

To make matters worse, Jose Reyes is getting a well-deserved off-day following a long hit streak. He has not been off for a while now, and being one of the few offensive contributors on the squad must be taking its toll, primarily because he's been on base for what seems like the entire month.

Still, with him on the bench, it only furthers the likelihood that runs are going to be difficult for the Fish to get tonight.

Notes

- Check out the series preview for the Marlins/Dodgers series. If you haven't seen it yet, here are my responses to Eric Stephen's questions over at True Blue LA. He is missing a small point that I will add here. When asked about whether the Dodgers can have Giancarlo Stanton, I let Jose Reyes answer that.

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- Also, make sure to welcome Hanley Ramirez back to south Florida? Will you be cheering or booing? I'll be on my feet.