Jose Urena (1-3, 4.18 ERA) and Carlos Martinez (7-3, 2.80 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Miami Marlins (30-41) and the St. Louis Cardinals (45-24) at Marlins Park. Action begins at 7:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 23 and can be seen on FS1.
Urena pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out one and walking four in a 2-1 defeat to the Yankees. Dee Gordon (.356, 38 Rs, 17 RBIs, 24 SBs) continued his strong play Sunday, going 3 for 5 with one run and one stolen base. Martinez went 6.2 innings, surrendering one, striking out six and walking three in a 3-1 defeat to the Twins in his most recent start. Jhonny Peralta (.311, 32 Rs, 11 HRs, 40 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 Sunday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds for Miami and St. Louis are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. 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.
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 Marlins have a 22-34 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Martinez takes the mound. Urena (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
When leading after 7 innings, St. Louis is 17-8, while Miami is 14-22.
The Marlins are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Cardinals have a 19-8 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Marlins are 4-27. The Cardinals have a 10-16 record when opponents outhit them.
St. Louis ranks near the bottom of the league at 22nd when it comes to home runs, hitting 57 this season. Miami ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 59.
Miami and St. Louis both rank in the top five of the league in hits. Miami sits at fifth with 8.80 hits per game and St. Louis ranks fourth with 8.97.
Ranking 21st, Miami is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.691). St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .732.
When the Cardinals allow at least one home run, they are 19-16. When the Marlins allow one or more homers, they have a 13-26 record.