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Miami Marlins vs. Arizona Diamondbacks: Game 44 Thread and Ichthyomancy

The Miami Marlins look to reverse a six-game losing streak, resting their fate in the hands of Tom Koehler.

Victor Decolongon

Current Series

Diamondbacks lead the series 1-0

Fri 05/17 WP: Trevor Cahill (3 - 4)
LP: Kevin Slowey (1 - 4)
2 - 9 loss

Arizona Diamondbacks
@ Miami Marlins

Saturday, May 18, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT
Marlins Park

Brandon McCarthy vs Tom Koehler

Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing in from center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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Sun 05/19 1:10 PM EDT

Widgets make their triumphant return to Fish Stripes, and with them, a peaceful sense of normality.

So about that game yesterday. I understand the natural urge to run at the first sight of Paul Goldschmidt. I know many of you abandoned ship when he clobbered the Marlins last night. I wanted to, but duty kept my eyes glued to the screen. I watched to the bitter end, and channeled that experience into this game recap. It's a tale of existential angst, disillusionment, and of course, Goldschmidt.

The Marlins have nominated Tom Koehler to serve as their champion today. At the other end of the arena stands Brandon McCarthy. McCarthy has not been his regular self this year, posting a 5.63 ERA in eight starts. Perhaps the move from luscious expanse of the Oakland Colliseum to the home-run happy Chase Field has hurt him, or perhaps he has still yet to fully recover from his injury last season.

The injury I speak of was a line drive that struck McCarthy in the head, fracturing his skull, and causing an epidural hemorrhage. He later had brain surgery performed to reduce the swelling in his head. Not what I would refer to as "good times."

Here's your haiku for the day:

goldschmidt kills my joy
gentle flower turned ashen
erase from my thoughts

As far as I know, Michael is still playing Native American dress-up, cheering on "America's Team." If you are reading this Michael, we miss you. The Braves are winning baseball games, sure, but it's a hollow experience. Can they treat you with the same respect and warmth that we can? Come home.

Editor's note: Eric, I'm back. Was going to do this game, but it seems you have already taking care of it. Love what you've done with it, but I'm ready to return to full duty. Onward, Fish Stripers!

Bold Prediction: Diamondbacks def. Marlins 5-3