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Miami Marlins vs. San Francisco Giants: Game 43 Thread and Ichthyomancy

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The Miami Marlins and San Francisco Giants will go at it again, with Henderson Alvarez being the latest to try and pick up a win on this difficult West Coast swing.

Denis Poroy

Last night, the Miami Marlins jumped ahead and came close to holding off the San Francisco Giants, save for one big inning that caused a disaster for the team. Tonight, the club is hoping a more consistent hand in Henderson Alvarez will be able to weather the West Coast storm and deliver the Marlins to a victory in the second of a four-game series.

Pitching Matchup
PROJ ERA FIP ERA MARLINS GIANTS ERA FIP PROJ ERA
3.99 3.81 3.33 Alvarez Petit 4.85 3.02 4.06

Hendderson Alvarez struggled like the rest of the top three Marlins starters against the San Diego Padres, so he is hoping for better results against the Giants' offense. Alvarez could not strike anyone out and had unfortunate issues with hits and command, leading to long innings. He threw a 42-pitch fourth-inning frame that ended up being his undoing his last time out.

Yusmeiro Petit somehow is still in Major League Baseball. The former Marlins prospect has been around quite a few times before landing in San Francisco, almost throwing a perfect game, and then generally falling back into obscurity. He'll throw his third start tonight.

Lineups

Today's Lineups

MIAMI MARLINS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
C. Yelich - CF Angel Pagan - CF
Derek Dietrich - 2B Hunter Pence - RF
G. Stanton - RF Buster Posey - C
Casey McGehee - 3B Pablo Sandoval - 3B
Reed Johnson - LF Mike Morse - 1B
Garrett Jones - 1B Tyler Colvin - LF
J. Saltalamacchia - C B. Crawford - SS
A. Hechavarria - SS Brandon Hicks - 2B
H. Alvarez - RHP Yusmeiro Petit - RHP

Reed Johnson is riding a hot streak, and that apparently warrants him being in the lineup everyday over a worthwhile prospect in Marcell Ozuna, who wasn't necessarily batting poorly to begin with. Mike Redmond is riding the hot hand, but this is not helping the Marlins develop.

Bold Prediction: Giants def. Marlins 5-3