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Marlins vs. Rockies: Game 55 Thread and Icthyomancy

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The Marlins head out west to take on the Colorado Rockies

I'M AN ALL-STAR? YEAHHHHHH-oh you were talking to Stanton.
I'M AN ALL-STAR? YEAHHHHHH-oh you were talking to Stanton.
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Fresh off of a series victory against the Chicago Cubs at home, the Marlins travel to Coors Field to face the Colorado Rockies for a three game series, the first of two which will also see them travel to Toronto for three games before returning home to face these very same Rockies. Colorado split four games with the Los Angeles Dodgers in their last series, winning the final game 7-6. They currently sit in last place in the NL West at 24-28 over-all. Eddie Butler will take the mound for the Rockies while Tom Koehler pitches for the Marlins.

Pitching Matchup

PROJ ERA FIP ERA MARLINS ROCKIES ERA FIP PROJ ERA
4.48 4.68 4.01 Koehler Butler 4.22 5.61 5.45

Eddie Butler was arguably one of the highest touted pitching prospects the Rockies have ever had, but his major league career has not lived up to the hype, unfortunately. To date in 2015 he is averaging 5.14 BB/9 innings and has only struck out 26 batters. Trying to avoid contact isn't the worst strategy when you're pitching all of your home games in Colorado but you need to be good and generating swinging strikes and Butler, well, is not.

Prior to his last poor outing where he'd given up five runs in three and a third's innings worked, Tom Koehler had gone 19 innings through three starts giving up only two earned runs. Perhaps he can find that form again, but it will potentially be rough going at the hitter friendly confines of Coors. With Jarred Cosart and Mat Latos getting close to returning, Koehler will need to bounce back in this one to keep his spot in the rotation.

Today's Lineups

MIAMI MARLINS COLORADO ROCKIES
Dee Gordon - 2B Charlie Blackmon - CF
Martin Prado - 3B DJ LeMahieu - 2B
Giancarlo Stanton - RF Troy Tulowitzki - SS
Justin Bour - 1B Carlos Gonzalez - RF
Marcell Ozuna - CF Nolan Arenado - 3B
Christian Yelich - LF Ben Paulsen - 1B
J.T. Realmuto - C Nick Hundley - C
Adeiny Hechavarria - SS Brandon Barnes - LF
Tom Koehler - RHP Eddie Butler - RHP

Standard line-up. Giancarlo Stanton continues his elite homerun tear.

Notes:

- Injury Updates: Mat Latos and Jarred Cosart remain on pace to return in a week or so. Jose Fernandez will make a start in Single A Jupiter on Saturday, if it goes well, in all likelihood he'll have at least one more minor league appearance to follow before rejoining the big boys club. Henderson Alvarez has not yet begun to throw, no timetable on his return. Michael Morse is in Jupiter working his way back from a right finger sprain, may be ready to rejoin the club on the upcoming home-stand. Jeff Mathis is working in AA Jacksonville and is on a similar pace as Morse back, Jhonatan Solano was designated for assignment. Don Kelly, out with a similar injury to Mathis, has no timetable for his return.

- The Marlins are 91-87 against the Rockies all-time. Both teams were established in 1993.

Bold Prediction: Marlins extend their win streak to three, beat Rockies 5-3.