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 a Major League-low 3.46 runs on the season. The Miami pitching staff is having a decent season, recording a 4.38 team ERA, positioning them 17th in the Majors. The Marlins stand at 12-19 on the road this season.