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Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves: Game 1 Thread and Ichthyomancy

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Baseball is back, and the Braves are in town to open the season with a three game series. Henderson Alvarez makes the opening day start for the Marlins.

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After an offseason during which the Marlins added to both their starting rotation and lineup, the club opens the season with a three game series against the Braves at Marlins Park. With Jose Fernandez out, it is Henderson Alvarez who gets the opening day nod for Miami.

Pitching Matchup
PROJ ERA FIP ERA MARLINS Braves ERA FIP PROJ ERA
3.80 --- --- Alvarez Teheran --- --- 3.22

Alvarez had a solid 2014 campaign, posting a 2.65 ERA and 3.58 FIP in 187.0 innings. He went 12-7 last season, and will anchor the Marlins' rotation with Fernandez not expected to return until June or July. Teheran posted a 2.89 ERA and 3.49 FIP in 221.0 innings with Atlanta last season.

Lineups

Today's Lineups

ATLANTA BRAVES MIAMI MARLINS
Eric Young Jr. - CF Dee Gordon - 2B
Jace Peterson - 2B Christian Yelich - LF
Nick Markakis - RF Giancarlo Stanton - RF
Freddie Freeman - 1B Mike Morse - 1B
Christian Bethancourt - C Martin Prado - 3B
Kelly Johnson - LF Marcell Ozuna - CF
Alberto Callaspo - 3B Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C
Andrelton Simmons - SS Adeiny Hechavarria - SS
Julio Teheran - RHP Henderson Alvarez - RHP

Miami will go with the lineup it used often during the final week of spring training. Gordon is in the leadoff spot, with Stanton batting third and Morse in the cleanup spot. Saltalamacchia is slotted in the seven spot, with Hechavarria batting eighth to open the season.

The middle of Atlanta's order has the potential to provide power, with Nick Markakis and Freddie Freeman batting in the three and four spots, respectively. Andrelton Simmons bats eighth for the Braves, with Christian Bethancourt behind the plate.

Notes

-How will Alvarez pitch? Miami will be seeking a quality start in his first outing of the season.

-What will the Braves look like? The club may be looking to find its identity early after another last minute trade on Sunday night.

Bold Prediction: Marlins top Braves 4-2