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Miami Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies: Game 159 Thread and Ichthyomancy

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Despite a loss on Wednesday night, the Miami Marlins still have a chance to win the three game series with the Phillies with a victory on Thursday afternoon. Tom Koehler will oppose David Buchanan on the mound in the finale.

Rich Schultz

Following a 2-1 loss on Wednesday night, the Miami Marlins will look to win the series with the Phillies with a victory on Thursday afternoon. Tom Koehler will oppose David Buchanan on the mound in the Marlins' final home game of 2014.

Pitching Matchup
PROJ ERA FIP ERA MARLINS Phillies ERA FIP PROJ ERA
4.29 3.92 3.76 Koehler Buchanan 3.77 4.29 4.66

Tom Koehler has been a solid fifth starter for the Marlins in 2014, and is coming off of a five inning outing against the Nationals during which he allowed three runs and struck out five. He gave up two earned runs in six innings in his last start against the Phillies.

Buchanan is coming off of a six and two third inning performance against the Athletics, during which he allowed three runs and struck out six. He allowed a run in six and a third innings in his last start against Miami.

Lineups

Today's Lineups

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES MIAMI MARLINS
Ben Revere - CF Christian Yelich - LF
Cody Asche - 3B Donovan Solano - 2B
Chase Utley - 2B Casey McGehee - 3B
Ryan Howard - 1B Garrett Jones - RF
Domonic Brown - LF Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C
Grady Sizemore - RF Justin Bour - 1B
Carlos Ruiz - C Enrique Hernandez - CF
Freddy Galvis - SS Adeiny Hechavarria - SS
David Buchanan - RHP Tom Koehler - RHP

Garrett Jones will start his second consecutive game in right field for the Marlins, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia batting fifth. Enrique Hernandez remains in center field for the Marlins, who have had difficulty scoring runs in the series.

Notes

-Can Miami take the series? The Marlins are looking to head into the offseason on a positive note with just one series remaining in 2014.

-How will Koehler pitch? Koehler will likely be Miami's fifth starter again heading into 2015.

Bold Prediction: Phillies def. Marlins 1-0