Miami Marlins Series Preview: Cardinals Look to ‘Hack’ Marlins

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Jun 10, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez (18) in his dugout in the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Cardinals defeated the Rockies 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

MM: Can you give us a quick scouting report on the pitchers the Marlins will face this series? 

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JM: Carlos Martinez has been ace-like after struggling initially this year, pitching to a 2.80 ERA so far this season. He’s got an electric fastball and could very well emerge as a legitimate No. 2 in the Cardinals’ rotation.

Jaime Garcia, to sum it up, has been dominant since coming back from injury. He’s got a 1.76 ERA in half-a-dozen games this year and he gives Mike Matheny a high-quality left-hander in the mix.

One of the biggest question marks is Tyler Lyons, who is filling in for the injured Lance Lynn (who is set to return this weekend). He’s failed to pitch past the fifth in any of his games with St. Louis this year and has to be considered the weakest link in the staff.

MM: How do you see the series playing out? Any bold predictions?

JM: I’m going with the Cardinals taking two-of-three, with Martinez and Garcia dominating before the Marlins salvage the finale.

Rosenthal will have two saves in the series, and Jhonny Peralta and Mark Reynolds will homer in the three games to pace the St. Louis offense that’s missing both Matt Adams and Matt Holliday.

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That just about does it for our Cardinals series primer. A big thanks to Jacob Misener for taking the time to answer our questions, and make sure to check out Redbird Rants for all your St, Louis Cardinals coverage. You can follow Jacob and Redbird Rants on Twitter as well.

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