The St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins will kick off a four-game series starting Monday night from Busch Stadium. The Marlins will give the call to 24-year old right-hander Elieser Hernandez, and the Cardinals will counter with 30-year old right-hander Miles Mikolas. The Cardinals won two of three in Miami last week in the lone series of the season.
Hernandez Seeks First Victory of Season
Elieser Hernandez will make his third appearance and second start of the season, hunting for his first win. Hernandez battled the Cardinals in his first start of the season last week and he was solid, allowing three runs in 5.2 innings in a tough game Miami lost. The second-year right-hander conceded two runs in two innings against the Giants in his only other appearance with the Marlins this season. Hernandez allowed one run in 1.1 innings in his only other meeting against the Cardinals which occurred last season.
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Watch for Garrett Cooper in this one as he had a big series against the Cardinals last week, recording five hits and four RBI’s in three games. The 28-year old left fielder is red-hot, driving in nine runs paired with a sizzling .392 average on the month. Cooper is now hitting .306 with six home runs and 20 RBI’s on the season. Martin Prado has landed on the IL which is a big hit to the Marlins offense.
The Marlins are averaging 3.48 runs on the season, ranking them down at 29th in the Major Leagues. The Miami pitching staff is having a decent season, recording a 4.38 team ERA, positioning them 14th in the Majors. The Marlins stand at 12-19 on the road this season.
Mikolas Shelled by Marlins, Charged with 2nd Straight Loss
Miles Mikolas will be on the hill for the 15th time of the season in this one. Mikolas just saw the Marlins in his previous start and he was roughed up, serving up five runs in five innings in a 9-0 defeat. The 6-foot-5 right-hander hasn’t been able to duplicate last year’s success, and he brings a 4.83 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP into this one paired with a 4-7 record in 78.1 innings pitched on the year. Overall, Mikolas has fared well against the Marlins, posting a 2-1 record and a 3.91 ERA in 25.1 head-to-head innings. Brian Anderson is 2 for 8 against Mikolas, while Garrett Cooper is 3 for 3, and Starlin Castro is 1 for 10.
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Marcell Ozuna continues to excel at the plate, posting a .327 average and a .380 on base percentage batting in the cleanup spot this month. The 28-year old left fielder is having an outstanding season and he has been the Cardinals biggest threat at the plate, hitting .259 with 18 homers and 56 RBI’s on the season. Ozona is 4 for 11 with one RBI against the Marlins this season.
The Cardinals are currently averaging 4.68 runs on the season, placing them 10th in the big leagues. The St. Louis pitching staff is having a strong season, sporting a 4.10 team ERA, pegging them 10th in the Majors. The Cardinals feature a 20-13 record at Busch Stadium.
The Miami Marlins are:
- 0-6 in Hernandez’ last 6 starts.
- 2-7 in their last 9 games overall.
- 1-4 in their last 5 games against the Cardinals.
The St. Louis Cardinals are:
- 4-1 in their last 5 home games.
- 4-0 in Mikolas’ last 4 Monday starts.
- 11-4 in Mikolas’ last 15 home starts.