July 6, 2012; St. Louis, MO. USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) poses with his National League All Star Game jersey before a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The Marlins won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Miami Marlins (41-42) at St. Louis Cardinals (44-40), Jul 7, 4:15 PM EDT (Game 84)

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The Miami Marlins pulled off an impressive win last night against the St. Louis Cardinals. The win extended the Marlins winning streak to three straight games. The Marlins will be looking to secure the series win and a chance to move back to .500 against the Cardinals in a couple of hours.

The Marlins have been playing very well as of late, as they are winners of seven of their last ten ballgames. If the Marlins can win tonight, they will be back at .500 for the first time since June 18th, when the Marlins fell to the Tampa Bay Rays to drop their record to 33-33.

In care you were wondering, last year, at this time, the Marlins were sitting at 40-48. This years Marlins team is just a little bit better.

 

 

East W L PCT GB L10 STRK HOME ROAD LAST GAME NEXT GAME
Washington 48 33 .593 - 7-3 L1 23-15 25-18 7/6 vs COL, L 1-5 7/7 vs COL, 4:05 PM
NY Mets 45 39 .536 4.5 6-4 L1 25-19 20-20 7/6 vs CHC, L 7-8 7/7 vs CHC, 4:10 PM
Atlanta 44 39 .530 5.0 5-5 W2 20-22 24-17 7/6 @ PHI, W 5-0 7/7 @ PHI, 7:15 PM
Miami 41 42 .494 8.0 7-3 W3 22-22 19-20 7/6 @ STL, W 3-2 7/7 @ STL, 4:10 PM
Philadelphia 37 48 .435 13.0 2-8 L2 17-25 20-23 7/6 vs ATL, L 0-5 7/7 vs ATL, 7:15 PM

 

Busch Stadium

Five-year Run PF*: 0.99
Five-year HR PF*: 0.92
Stadium Dimensions:
Left field line—330 ft.
Left-center field—372 ft.
Center field—402 ft.
Right-center field—375 ft.
Right field line—330 ft.

*Five-year regressed park factors provided by Patriot here

Probable Starters


Carlos Zambrano, RHP
2012 stats
95.2 Innings Pitched 109.1
4-6 Wins-Losses 8-2
4.14 Earned Run Average 2.80
4.46 FIP 3.71
51 Strikeouts 19
71 Pitches Per Start 63
Career vs. opponent
194.1 Innings Pitched 47.0
12-7 Wins-Losses 4-2
3.47 Earned Run Average 4.60

Kyle Lohse, RHP

Zambrano opposed Lohse two weeks ago, and gave up five runs, eight hits and five walks in 6 2-3 innings to take the loss. In each of his last five starts, he has walked at least as many as he has struck out, resulting in an 8.59 ERA and 6.89 FIP. For his career, Zambrano is 6-0 with a 1.73 ERA in eight career starts in Busch Stadium. Carlos Beltran is a career .167-hitter against Zambrano, while Matt Holliday is batting .154 in 13 at-bats against him since 2009.

Kyle Loshe has been a pain in the Marlins side this season. He ruined the Marlins opening day ceremonies by shutting down the Marlins offense on April 4th, surrendering a run and two hits in 7 1-3 innings of a 4-1 victory. He also shut down the Marlins June 26th, allowing two runs and four hits in 7 1-3 innings of a 5-2 victory. Carlos Lee is batting .315 with five homers and seven doubles in 73 career at-bats against Lohse, while Zambrano is 2 for 6 with a pair of homers.

 

Marlins Projected Lineup:

Order Player Proj wOBA vs. RHP
1 Jose Reyes .349
2 Hanley Ramirez .346
3 Carlos Lee .322
4 Giancarlo Stanton .380
5 Logan Morrison .349
6 Justin Ruggiano .312
7 Donovan Solano .285
8 Brett Hayes .262

 

Ozzie Guillen will be giving Omar Infante the day off, and he hinted that either Hanley or Reyes would get the day off on Sunday. Stanton returns to the lineup for the Marlins, after missing three games because of his knee. If he is alright to go all game, and can play Sunday, expect Stanton to participate in the Home Run Derby on Monday and the All-Star Game on Tuesday.

Logan Morrison has hit .421 this month with three home runs. The Marlins as a team lead the Majors in home runs (13) and are tied for most runs scored (36 w/ Pirates). The offensive potential for the team is finally starting to comeback, even though Reyes and Hanley have not hit well this month and Stanton has missed the past three games.

 

Prediction:

The Marlins will take this ballgame by the final score of 6-3. Big Z will give the Marlins a quality start and Giancarlo Stanton will hit a deep homer in his return to the lineup.

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Tags: Brett Hayes Carlos Beltran Carlos Lee Carlos Zambrano Donovan Solano Giancarlo Stanton Hanley Ramirez Jose Reyes Justin Ruggiano Kyle Lohse Logan Morrison Matt Holliday Miami Marlins Omar Infante St. Louis Cardinals

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