Grapefruit Preview: St. Louis Cardinals @ Miami Marlins (split squad)


The Miami Marlins got a much-needed off day on Monday. They will be back in action today, for not one, but two games today. The Marlins will be playing split squad matchups on Tuesday.

Half of the team will make the trip up to Viera to take on the New York Mets at Tradition Field. The rest of the team will stay at Rodger Dean Stadium, to take on the St. Louis Cardinals as the home team.

Co-editor Travis Honeycutt has the preview for the Marlins-Mets matchup here. So we’ll take a look inside the Cards-Marlins game. 

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On the mound for the first place Marlins (8-3) will be Jarred Cosart, who has a 6.75 ERA in 4 innings of work this spring. Cosart has struck out a hitter an inning and walked just one so far this spring. Expect him to double his spring innings today, as the Marlins let Dan Haren go 4 innings on Sunday, starting the process of further stretching out the starters.

For the Cardinals (6-5), they’ll have left hander Marco Gonzalez on the bump. Gonzalez owns a perfect ERA in 6 innings of work this spring. He has just three strikeouts in his 6 innings of work, but has allowed just two walks and hits a piece to this point.

Here is the Marlins lineup for the game:

"Dee Gordon 2BChristian Yelich LFGiancarlo Stanton RFJeff Baker 3BIchiro Suzuki CFJarrod Saltalamacchia CDon Kelly 1BReid Brignac SSJarred Cosart P"

Between the two games, all 8 Marlins regulars are in the lineup, playing today. With all the injury turmoil around the league lately, this is wonderful news for the Marlins.

Today’s lineup against the Cards features four of the Marlins regulars, including two outfielders in Yelich and Stanton, catcher Saltalamacchia, and second baseman Gordon.

Off the bench, the Marlins will have Jhonatan Solano, Derek Dietrich, Austin Nola, and Cole Gillespie. The bullpen will have Steve Cishek, Bryan Morris, Carter Capps, Sam Dyson, and Vin Mazzaro.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM. The game can be heard on 940 WINZ with the always excellent Glenn Geffner, and on Gameday Audio. The game is also on tape delay on MLB Network, but if you don’t have the patience to watch the game later, you can watch it on Fox Sports Midwest, with the Cards broadcast, over on MLB.TV.

If you missed it, the Marlins made a roster move today, trimming the roster down to 50 players.

Nothing surprising with these moves. Both Justin Nicolino and Adam Conley need to prove themselves as starters a bit more in New Orelans and Matt Ramsey had little to no shot to crack the roster with the Marlins crowded bullpen.

It won’t be the last time we hear from these trio of prospects, however.

A few things to note:

  • With Haren being stretched out for 4 innings on Sunday, expect the same today for Cosart. He’s expected to be the Marlins number 2 or 3 guy in the rotation.
  • Martin Prado, Marcell Ozuna, Michael Morse, and Adeiny Hechavarria are all in the starting lineup for the Marlins other split squad game today against the Mets.
  • Both games can be seen live on MLB.TV (Cardinals and Mets broadcasts only; no Rich and Tommy, sadly)
  • The Marlins vs. Cardinals game will be tape delayed on MLB Network tonight at midnight EDT.

Update (10:51 AM): Mike Lowell will serve as the Marlins bench coach for this game. Read more here.

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