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Miami Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies: Game 85 Thread and Ichthyomancy

The Miami Marlins will look to employ Brad Hand, fresh off the disabled list, to help complete the team's three-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Mike Ehrmann

Break out the brooms, because the Miami Marlins are going for the sweep!

After a rough set of games at home and on the road for the Fish, including a split four-game series against these very Philadelphia Phillies, Miami comes back with two in a row at home and have a chance for the sweep. The problem is that they have Brad Hand on hand to try it against Marlins killer Kyle Kendrick.

Pitching Matchup
4.83 5.60 6.38 Hand Kendrick 4.22 4.23 4.33

Hand is returning from injury to replace Anthony DeSclafani, who did not pan out in the rotation in five starts. But while Miami might have confidence in Hand, he has never shown any reason to be confident in him. Indeed, he is quite the poor player for the most part, and for his career, he has struggled both at the big league level and even in Triple-A.

Meanwhile, Kyle Kendrick kills the Fish on a regular basis, despite all odds. Well, except in his last start, when he put up 5 2/3 innings and gave up six runs in a loss to Miami in Marlins Park on May 21. Here's hoping for Bad Kendrick vibes again!


Today's Lineups

Ben Revere - CF C. Yelich - LF
Jimmy Rollins - SS Ed Lucas - SS
Chase Utley - 2B G. Stanton - RF
Ryan Howard - 1B Casey McGehee - 3B
Marlon Byrd - RF Garrett Jones - 1B
Cesar Hernandez - 3B J. Saltalamacchia - C
Aaron Altherr - LF Marcell Ozuna - CF
Cameron Rupp - C Donovan Solano - 2B
Kyle Kendrick - RHP Brad Hand - LHP

This is Miami's current prototypical lineup, with Derek Dietrich getting a day off and Donovan Solano playing in his place. Except that Dietrich was off last night against Cole Hamels and now Miami is facing the righty Kendrick. BURY DEREK DIETRICH.


- Thanks to work, I won't be around for much of this one. Hopefully that helps us #MJIJ-wise!

- Seriously, why is Derek Dietrich sitting?

Bold Prediction: Phillies def. Marlins 6-4