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Game 127: Miami Marlins @ Los Angeles Dodgers, Game Thread and Ichthyomancy

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Miami Marlins
@ Los Angeles Dodgers

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012, 9:10 PM EDT
Dodger Stadium

Josh Johnson vs Clayton Kershaw

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Sun 08/26 4:10 PM EDT

Last night, the Miami Marlins suffered through a drubbing of a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a game that started off so well too. With the Dodgers making a number of acquisitions from the Boston Red Sox, the Dodgers lineup we face tonight may be a little more star-studded than it already was. It seems LA couldn't wait to spend a ton of money on players.

Meanwhile, the pitching matchup on the mound is a promising one between Josh Johnson and Clayton Kershaw, so that should at least keep Marlins fans interested while their offense around Jose Reyes and Giancarlo Stanton continues to flail their bats helplessly.

Pitching Matchup

Proj Win% Proj ERA FIP ERA Marlins Dodgers ERA FIP Proj ERA Proj Win%
.621 3.00 3.19 3.73 Johnson Kershaw 2.87 2.84 2.70 .662

Every week, Marlins fans at least get the privilege of seeing Josh Johnson go up against a pitcher, and it is usually someone who is not as good as him. The Marlins offense could certainly use the help against someone on the mound who is a lighter task than Johnson, but tonight, the Fish get a rare opportunity to face someone who is better than Johnson in reigning Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw. Given what we've seen other pitchers do this Marlins lineup, Kershaw could eat us alive. Then again, a couple of weeks ago Kershaw only went six inning against us and did allow two runs, so there is hope yet.

Lineup

Order Player Proj wOBA vs. LHP
1 Gorkys Hernandez .271
2 Donovan Solano .297
3 Jose Reyes .350
4 Carlos Lee .349
5 Giancarlo Stanton .401
6 Justin Ruggiano .348
7 John Buck .297
8 Donnie Murphy .297

Yay, another lineup with Gorkys Hernandez at the top of the order. Just what a run-starved team against an elite starter needs, a guy projected to hit .241/.302/.304 at the top of the lineup, getting the most plate appearances. The lineups at the end of this season have been hard to watch.

Bold Prediction: Dodgers def. Marlins 3-0