Miami Marlins (40-42) at St. Louis Cardinals (44-39), Jul 6, 8:15 PM EDT (Game 83)


The Miami Marlins came out yesterday and put the first half of the season behind them. With a win over the Milwaukee Brewers to salvage and split the four game series on Thursday, the Marlins started the second half of the season with a win, and are now undefeated in the second half.

The Marlins will have no easy task as they take on the St. Louis Cardinals, for their fifth meeting of the season. The Cardinals beat the Marlins on opening day and the opening of new Marlins Park. The Cardinals also won the first two games of their series last week, once again taking place in Marlins Park. The Marlins were able to win the last game of the series to avoid a sweep.

The Marlins ended an eight-game losing streak to St. Louis with a 5-3 victory June 27, since which, the Marlins have won six of eight, to close within two games of the .500 mark, right before All-Star break. For the team to finish above .500, the Marlins would need to do something that the franchise has not accomplished in 16 years, sweep the Cardinals in St. Louis. The Marlins’ last three-game sweep in St. Louis was Aug. 27-29, 1996.

The Marlins will be without their star right fielder on Friday night, Giancarlo Stanton, but he hopes to return to the lineup sometime this weekend.

Washington4832.6007-3W423-1425-187/5 vs SF, W 6-57/6 vs COL, 7:05 PM
NY Mets4538.5424.56-4W125-1820-207/5 vs PHI, W 6-57/6 vs CHC, 7:10 PM
Atlanta4339.5246.05-5W120-2223-177/5 vs CHC, W 7-37/6 @ PHI, 7:05 PM
Miami4042.4889.06-4W222-2218-207/5 @ MIL, W 4-07/6 @ STL, 8:15 PM
Philadelphia3747.44013.03-7L117-2420-237/5 @ NYM, L 5-67/6 vs ATL, 7:05 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

Head to Head

Miami Marlins

St. Louis Cardinals
Batting Average.243.275
Earned Run Average4.203.97
Hits Allowed732753
Opponent Batting Average.261.263

Probable Starters

Ricky Nolasco, RHP
2012 stats
97.1Innings Pitched99.0
4.62Earned Run Average3.91
Career vs. opponent
43.0Innings Pitched33.1
5.23Earned Run Average2.97

Jake Westbrook, RHP

Nolasco will be pitching for the Marlins, who for his Major League career, has never beaten the Cardinals. Nolasco has to face one of the top offenses in baseball, in the Cardinals. Nolasco has had two straight quality starts, so the Marlins are hoping to see more of the same tonight.

Westbrook will be taking the mound for the Cardinals. Westbrook gave up two runs in six innings against the Marlins on June 25 opposite Nolasco. Westbrook has plenty of experience against Carlos Lee, whom he faced all the time in Houston. Lee is 18 for 40 with two homers and four doubles off Westbrook.

Marlins Projected Lineup:

OrderPlayerProj wOBA vs. RHP
1Jose Reyes.349
2Hanley Ramirez.346
3Carlos Lee.322
4Logan Morrison.349
5Justin Ruggiano.312
6Omar Infante.313
7Scott Cousins.284
8John Buck.293


The Miami Marlins drop this ballgame 5-3, in what will be a close game throughout.