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Marlins vs. Dodgers: Game 140 Thread

Game one in the best of three.

"You will be facing José Fernàndez"
"You will be facing José Fernàndez"
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The Dodgers ace makes his return today from a back injury that has sidelined him since all the way back on June 26th. Unfortunately for Kershaw and Los Angeles, opposing on the mound in the comfortable confines of Marlins Park will be Jose Fernandez.

Happy José Day:

Pitching Matchup

Team Starter ERA FIP 2016 ZIPS Projected ERA
LAD Clayton Kershaw 1.79 1.67 1.92
MIA José Fernàndez 3.03 2.36 2.70

Kershaw was the NL Cy Young front runner before he went down with his injury. If 100%, he should be formidable today.

Fernàndez, of course, is no slouch himself, particularly in Miami where he's only lost twice in his career. It will be interesting to see, as he approaches an agreed upon innings limit, if the team decides to shut him down soon now that they are (largely) out of contention. If this be the end of your 2016 campaign, José, make it a memorable one.

Today's Lineups

Chase Utley - 2B Dee Gordon - 2B
Corey Seager - SS J.T. Realmuto - C
Justin Turner - 3B Martin Prado - 3B
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B Christian Yelich - CF
Yasmani Grandal - C Marcell Ozuna - RF
Josh Reddick - RF Jeff Francoeur - LF
Joc Pederson - CF Chris Johnson - 1B
Andrew Toles - LF Adeiny Hechavarria - SS
Clayton Kershaw - LHP Jose Fernandez - RHP

Bold Prediction: In a grand duel, Marlins defeat Dodgers 1-0.