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"This is no junior college. This is the notorious University of Miami.” -- Marlins starter Dontrelle Willis, after getting knocked around for six runs in 2 1/3 innings by the Canes.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Marlins Game Thread: Opening Day

Opening Day Starters
Florida Marlins: Josh Beckett
Atlanta Braves: John Smoltz

Braves Lineup
SS Rafael Furcal
2B Marcus Giles
3B Larry “Chipper” Jones
CF Andruw Jones
RF Raul Mondesi
1B Julio Franco
LF Brian Jordan
C Johnny Estrada
P John Smoltz

Marlins Lineup
CF Juan Pierre
2B Luis Castillo
LF Miguel Cabrera
1B Carlos Delgado
3B Mike Lowell
C Paul LoDuca
RF Juan Encarnacion
SS Alex Gonzalez
P Josh Beckett

I’m not very confident that the Braves will actually use that lineup today, but it’s my best guess. I’m hoping that Julio Franco gets the start – or at least that he makes an appearance today.

For those of you who are interested in such things, the Marlins are 6 – 6 all time in opening day games, which includes a 6 – 4 mark at Joe Robbie/Pro Player Stadium (and as of today Dolphins Stadium). Today will mark Josh Beckett’s third consecutive opening day start for the Fish, which is a franchise record.

This will be the first of our open game threads this year. They’re very popular on other sites, so we thought we’d give it a try. Feel free to leave your comments throughout the game – or even afterwards.

To give us a topic to discuss too, I’ll give a suggestion: What are your expectations for the Marlins this year?


  • At 2:21 PM, April 05, 2005, Blogger Mike said…

    Well, I'll start it off. In my predictions a week or so ago I picked the Marlins to win the World Series.

    As time passes though, and the reality of one major injury sinks in with me, I'm less optimistic about the Fish's chances this year.

    Here's hoping they stay healthy and make a big acquisition or two around the deadline and make a run at the post-season. Once they're in, anything can happen.

  • At 3:26 PM, April 05, 2005, Blogger Mike said…

    Some people place importance on these things (I'm not one of them), so let's note some of the firsts this year:

    First Marlins pitch: Ball (by Beckett)

    First at-bat: Walk (Beckett walked Furcal)

  • At 3:41 PM, April 05, 2005, Blogger Mike said…


    First pitch to a Marlin: Ball (to Pierre)

    First at-bat: Groundout to pitcher (Pierre)

    Someone else can look up how 97 and 03 started.

  • At 4:14 PM, April 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    After one inning, John Smoltz' ERA is 45.00. That is awesome.

  • At 4:22 PM, April 05, 2005, Blogger Mike said…

    Yeah - hopefully that's a good sign for the Marlins.

    A grand slam from Encarnacion has to be.


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