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Miami Marlins vs. Oakland Athletics: Game 80 Thread and Ichthyomancy

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The Miami Marlins come back home before the mathematical first half is over, as they open up a three-game set against the Oakland A's.

Rob Foldy

The Miami Marlins get to come home before the first half is mathematically over, and they get the prize of facing the best team in the American League as compensation. The Fish battle the Oakland Athletics in the first of a three-game series at Marlins Park. Tonight, Anthony DeSclafani will look to get back on track versus one of the league's big surprises this season, Jesse Chavez.

Pitching Matchup
PROJ ERA FIP ERA MARLINS A's ERA FIP PROJ ERA
4.63 4.97 7.59 DeSclafani Chavez 2.71 3.50 4.08

We all wanted DeSclafani to get a chance at the starting rotation, at least over the likes of Randy Wolf or Jacob Turner, who have proven themselves poor starter choices this season. But through four starts in the big leagues, it has not been a pretty journey for DeSclafani, who has an ERA north of seven and issues with the long ball. He's given up a home run in each of his four starts and that has been a major concern for a guy without elite stuff.

Chavez has been a surprise, but he's tailed off since the start of the season. In his last outing, he pitched seven shutout innings but walked four with four strikeouts, so there has definitely been good and bad.

Lineup

Today's Lineups

OAKLAND A'S MIAMI MARLINS
Coco Crisp - CF Reed Johnson - LF
A. Callaspo - 2B Derek Dietrich - 2B
Yoenis Cespedes - LF G. Stanton - RF
Brandon Moss - 1B Casey McGehee - 3B
Josh Donaldson - 3B Garrett Jones - 1B
Jed Lowrie - SS Marcell Ozuna - CF
Derek Norris - C Donovan Solano - SS
Josh Reddick - RF Jeff Mathis - C
Jesse Chavez - RHP A. DeSclafani - RHP

The Marlins rest Jarrod Saltalamacchia after a long 14-inning outing last night, and Ed Lucas also gets the night off today in favor of Donovan Solano. Reed Johnson gets one of the last few starts in left field before Christian Yelich returns from the DL.

Bold Prediction: A's def. Marlins 5-2