Jaime Garcia (2-3, 1.76 ERA) is on the hill for the St. Louis Cardinals (46-24) as they square off against Mat Latos (2-4, 5.37 ERA) and the Miami Marlins (30-42) in the second of a three-game series at Marlins Park. The Cardinals won the last game 4-3 and St. Louis leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 24 and can be seen on FSN-MW and FSN-FL.
Latos is 5-5 with a 5.69 ERA in his appearances against the Cardinals, and goes up against a good St. Louis offense which is batting .265 this season. Giancarlo Stanton (.261, 46 Rs, 26 HRs, 66 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. Garcia is 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA when pitching against the Marlins. He is up against a quality Miami offense which is hitting .258 this season.
St. Louis is a slim -112 favorite over Miami. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at seven runs for this matchup. The Marlins have recorded an overall money line of -1,255 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 15-23. Miami's pitching staff has been doing better against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, only allowing an average of 3.0 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.1.
In the other locker room, St. Louis is coming in with an overall money line of +1,734 and an impressive record of 36-14 as the favorite. They played solid baseball as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 7-3 record, and a 7-3 record SU. St. Louis's pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an NL-low 2.71 ERA. When it comes to issuing walks, the Cardinals have the fifth-fewest in the NL with an average of just 2.7 walks allowed per game.
The Cardinals have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Marlins have an 8-7 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Garcia takes the mound. Latos (RHP) will be on the hill against the Cardinals, who have a very good 38-15 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Cardinals won by a margin of one run. The Marlins are 10-11 in one-run games. The Cardinals have a 15-11 record in close games.
The Marlins are 3-1 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Cardinals are 5-3 in such matchups.
The Cardinals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Marlins have a 12-29 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Marlins are 23-12. The Cardinals have a 32-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd in runs, Miami has earned 274 this season. St. Louis ranks 19th with 283 runs.
Ranking 23rd, Miami is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 169 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 216.
When the Marlins hit at least one home run, they are 20-24. When the Cardinals hit at least one homer, they have a 29-10 record.