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Miami Marlins vs. Tampa Bay Rays: Game 6 Thread and Ichthyomancy

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The Marlins will look to take their first series of the 2015 season.

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Miami has been shut out in two of its last three contests, but has the chance to take game three of the three game series with the Rays on Sunday afternoon. Henderson Alvarez will oppose Nathan Karns on the mound.

Pitching Matchup

PROJ ERA FIP ERA MARLINS RAYS ERA FIP
3.80 2.33 2.57 Alvarez Karns 9.53 6.43

Alvarez will make his second start for the Marlins after having success in his opening day start against the Braves. In seven innings, he allowed six hits and two runs while not issuing a walk and striking out two.

Karns struggled in his last outing against the Orioles, during which he allowed six runs to complement four walks and four strikeouts.

Lineups

Today's Lineups

TAMPA BAY RAYS MIAMI MARLINS
Kevin Kiermaier - RF Dee Gordon - 2B
David DeJesus - LF Christian Yelich - LF
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS Giancarlo Stanton - RF
Evan Longoria - 3B Mike Morse - 1B
Desmond Jennings - CF Ichiro Suzuki - CF
Allan Dykstra - 1B Don Kelly - 3B
Logan Forsythe - 2B Adeiny Hechavarria - SS
Rene Rivera - C Jeff Mathis - C
Nate Karns - RHP Henderson Alvarez - RHP

The Marlins' offense has had difficulty scoring consistently on the current six game homestand, but will look to change that against the Rays on Sunday. Ichiro Suzuki gets the start in center field because Marcell Ozuna was late showing up to the ballpark. Don Kelly gives Martin Prado a day off at third base, with Jeff Mathis getting the nod behind the plate.

For the Rays, David DeJesus starts in left, with Rene Rivera catching Karns.

Notes

-Can Alvarez be turn in another quality start? Miami's bullpen has been used often over the first two series of 2015.

-Will Miami avoid another shutout? The middle of the club's order has been off to a slow start.

-Can Miami win its first series of 2015?

Bold Prediction: Marlins 7, Rays 4