Series Preview: St. Louis Cardinals

After that disappointing series against the division rival Philadelphia Phillies, the Marlins are getting a visit from the St. Louis Cardinals. Let’s hope this goes a bit better than the previous series.

St. Louis Cardinals (60-48) @ Florida Marlins, August 6-8, Games 109-111

NL East Standings

Tm W L Win% GB
ATL 62 46 .574
PHI 60 48 .556 2.0
NYM 54 54 .500 8.0
FLA 53 55 .491 9.0
WSN 48 61 .440 14.5

Stadium: Sun Life Stadium
Five-year Run PF*: 0.99
Five-year HR PF*: 0.97
Stadium Dimensions:
Left Field: 330 ft.
Left-Center: 361
Center Field: 404
Right-Center: 361
Right Field: 345

*Five-year regressed park factors provided by Patriot here

Projected Pitching Matchups

August 6: Ricky Nolasco vs. Adam Wainright
August 7: Josh Johnson vs. Jake Westbrook
August 8: Sean West vs. Jeff Suppan

ZiPS In-Season Projections

FIP Proj. FIP Win% Marlins Date Cardinals Win% Proj. FIP FIP
3.99 3.63 .560 Nolasco August 6 Wainright .635 3.04 2.98
2.32 2.68 .683 Johnson August 7 Westbrook .523 3.94 4.54
7.31 5.43 .371 West August 8 Suppan .400 5.11 5.26

Projected Lineup

Lineup Player Current wOBA Proj. wOBA v. RHP Proj. wOBA v. LHP
1 Hanley Ramirez .348 .384 .399
2 Logan Morrison .289
3 Gaby Sanchez .360 .343 .367
4 Dan Uggla .382 .360 .373
5 Cody Ross .323 .330 .364
6 Mike Stanton .347
7 Wes Helms .296 .296 .321
8 Ronny Paulino .303 .303 .317

Notes

- I did a Cardinals version of this preview for fellow BBA blogger Daniel Shoptaw over at his site, C70 at the Bat; you can check it out here. Hope all is going well for Daniel while he is on vacation.

- I must say this: Mike Stanton is really impressing me. There isn’t much else to say about that; his power is monstrous.

- Marlins fans are still looking for a recognition of a poor call by umpire Bob Davidson. I doubt we’ll be getting it.

Bold Prediction: Marlins win one of three games

Topics: Miami Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals

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