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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins Pick & Prediction APR 7TH 2021

FinishedTV: Sun Sports | MLBN | Bally Sports NetworkMarlins Park Miami

959St. Louis Cardinals
960Miami Marlins

OP
-110
7.5
CU
-1.5 +150
7.5o -100
ML
400
360
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0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 4
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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7
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The St. Louis Cardinals, with Opening Day starter Jack Flaherty on the mound, will aim for a three-game sweep of the host Miami Marlins on Wednesday afternoon.

Miami produced a 12-run explosion Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays but has scored a total of seven runs in its other four games.

In a 4-2 loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday, the Marlins went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position, stranding 11 on base. Of Miami's two runs, only one was earned, and that came on a sacrifice fly.

"The positive is we are getting guys on base," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "We're getting chances. Each hitter has to do his part and pass (the baton) to the next guy.

"Offense is momentum-based."

If so, the Marlins will enter Wednesday with no momentum offensively against Flaherty (0-0, 12.46 ERA).

Flaherty threw 94 pitches and lasted just 4 1/3 innings on Opening Day, an 11-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

In his career against the Marlins, Flaherty is 0-2 with a 5.25 ERA in two starts, both in St. Louis.

Flaherty, a right-hander, is big on self-improvement, and he has lot of little things he tells himself while on the mound.

"A good friend of mine, he talked about breath," Flaherty said. "Breath only occurs in the present. You can't breathe in the past.

"All you can do is control that little bit right then and there. It's something that sticks with me."

Miami will start right-hander Pablo Lopez, who tossed five scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Rays on Friday. He allowed two hits and two walks while striking out four.

Lopez has only faced the Cardinals once, a start back in 2018. He wound up with a no-decision in that game, allowing one run on four hits and a walk and striking out five.

Miami likely will start backup catcher Chad Wallach, who is 1-0 in his only start this season. Marlins primary catcher Jorge Alfaro, who has been charged with a passed ball that allowed a run to score in both of the games in this series, is 0-4 as a starter this year.

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, meanwhile, went 2-for-3 with a crucial RBI on Tuesday night. He has five RBIs in five games this season, including three in this series.

Dylan Carlson, the St. Louis center fielder, also had a big game on Tuesday with a solo homer and a nice running catch. He ranged into the left-center gap in the bottom of the eighth to save a run, and then he homered in the top of the ninth.

The Marlins got good news with the return of outfielder/first baseman Garrett Cooper, who missed Monday's game but came back to go 0-for-2 with three walks and a run. Cooper had missed Monday's game due to an adverse reaction to his COVID-19 vaccine shot.

On Wednesday, St. Louis may be without reliever Giovanny Gallegos, who has pitched three scoreless innings over the past two days and might need rest. He struck out the side in the seventh inning Tuesday.

The Marlins are also hoping to get a break from Cardinals right-hander Alex Reyes, who has earned saves in both games of the series. He got the final four outs on Tuesday after recording last three outs on Monday.

--Field Level Media

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GAMES

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3 7
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  • @Washington W 12 - 5
  • @Philadelphia L 0 - 2
  • @Philadelphia W 9 - 4
  • @Philadelphia L 2 - 9
  • Washington L 6 - 0
  • Washington W 3 - 14
  • Washington L 5 - 2
  • Milwaukee L 9 - 3
  • Milwaukee L 9 - 5
W 67% L 33%
6 3
  • Baltimore L 7 - 5
  • San Francisco L 1 - 0
  • San Francisco W 6 - 7
  • San Francisco W 1 - 4
  • @Atlanta L 6 - 7
  • @Atlanta W 6 - 5
  • @Atlanta W 14 - 8
  • @Atlanta W 5 - 3
  • @NY Mets D 0 - 0
  • @NY Mets W 3 - 0

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Last Meetings

  • Cardinals @ Marlins 7-0
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  • Marlins @ Cardinals 6-4
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  • Marlins @ Cardinals 5-7
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American League

American League CentralWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Kansas City Royals96 .6000.04.24.2 7-42-26-0-4
Cleveland Indians87 .5331.03.83.5 4-14-66-0-4
Chicago White Sox89 .4712.04.84.1 3-35-65-0-5
Minnesota Twins68 .4292.54.84.4 2-54-33-0-7
Detroit Tigers610 .3753.53.45.2 3-33-73-0-7
American League EastWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Boston Red Sox116 .6470.05.64.0 5-56-17-0-3
Tampa Bay Rays98 .5292.04.24.8 3-46-46-0-4
Baltimore Orioles79 .4383.54.04.3 1-66-33-0-7
Toronto Blue Jays79 .4383.54.13.6 3-34-64-0-6
New York Yankees510 .3335.03.74.3 3-62-42-0-8
American League WestWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Seattle Mariners116 .6470.04.44.5 6-45-28-0-2
Oakland Athletics97 .5631.54.35.0 5-64-19-0-1
Los Angeles Angels86 .5711.55.45.3 5-33-35-0-5
Texas Rangers89 .4713.03.84.4 3-65-35-0-5
Houston Astros78 .4673.04.84.4 1-56-33-0-7

National League

National League CentralWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Milwaukee Brewers97 .5630.04.33.3 4-55-26-0-4
Cincinnati Reds87 .5330.56.14.5 6-32-44-0-6
St. Louis Cardinals88 .5001.05.25.2 2-46-44-0-6
Pittsburgh Pirates79 .4382.04.15.1 4-33-66-0-4
Chicago Cubs69 .4002.53.44.9 4-52-43-0-7
National League EastWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Philadelphia Phillies88 .5000.03.63.8 7-31-53-0-7
New York Mets74 .636-1.53.43.4 4-13-36-0-3
Miami Marlins78 .4670.54.44.2 3-64-26-0-3
Atlanta Braves79 .4381.05.15.2 3-44-55-0-5
Washington Nationals59 .3572.03.65.2 3-52-44-0-6
National League WestWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Los Angeles Dodgers134 .7650.05.53.3 6-07-48-0-2
San Francisco Giants106 .6252.53.22.9 5-15-57-0-3
San Diego Padres108 .5563.53.93.3 5-65-25-0-5
Arizona Diamondbacks610 .3756.54.65.2 2-34-74-0-6
Colorado Rockies412 .2508.54.14.8 4-60-62-0-8

Last Injuries

Miami Marlins

  • Starling Marte

    Ribs
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Marte has been designated for the 10-day injured list with a fractured rib, and there is no timetable for recovery.

  • Jorge Alfaro

    Hamstring
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Alfaro was removed from the previous game with left hamstring soreness, and it is unclear if he will face the Orioles on Wednesday.

  • Elieser Hernandez

    Bicep
    Late April | 10-day IL

    Hernandez has been designated for the 10-day injured list with right biceps inflammation, and he is not likely to return until the latter part of April.

  • Jorge Alfaro

    Hamstring
    Ques Tues | probable

    Alfaro has missed the last three games due to left hamstring tightness, and it is unclear if he will be available for Tuesday's showdown with the Braves.

St. Louis Cardinals

  • Dakota Hudson

    Elbow
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Hudson will miss the entire 2021 season after having Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and has been assigned to the 60-day injured list.

  • Kwang-hyun Kim

    Back
    Prob Sat | out

    Kim has been activated from the 10-day injured list with a back injury, and he is projected to make his season debut against the Phillies on Saturday.

  • Miles Mikolas

    Elbow
    Early May | 10-day IL

    Mikolas has been moved to the 10-day injured list with a flexor tendon strain, and he is not projected to make his season debut until the beginning of May.

  • Dylan Carlson

    Rest
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Carlson will not be in the starting lineup on Wednesday versus the Nationals, as he will receive a day of rest.

  • Yadier Molina

    Rest
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Molina will not be in the starting lineup against the Nationals on Tuesday as he will receive a day of rest.

  • Trevor Rosenthal

    Shoulder
    Mid June | 60-day IL

    Rosenthal has been posted to the 60-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation, and he will be out of commission until the middle of June.

  • Paul Goldschmidt

    Back
    Prob Sat | probable

    Goldschmidt missed the last contest with lower-back tightness, but it is likely that he will suit up for Saturday's tilt with the Brewers.