St. Louis Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins Preview and Predictions 06-12-2019
Marcell Ozuna has punished his former team in the first two contests of the series and hopes to continue the trend when the St. Louis Cardinals visit the Miami Marlins on Wednesday for the finale of their three-game set. Ozuna, who was acquired from the Marlins after the 2017 season, recorded two hits and scored twice in the series opener before launching his team-best 18th homer and reaching on a single in Tuesday's 7-1 victory.
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Ozuna, who has batted .452 against Miami over the last two years, is 8-for-16 with a pair of homers during a four-game hitting streak while Yadier Molina returned to St. Louis' lineup on Tuesday after missing two weeks with a thumb injury to go 2-for-5 with a run scored. Miles Mikolas looks to finish off the sweep when he takes the mound for the Cardinals on Wednesday opposite Jordan Yamamoto, who will be making his major-league debut without throwing a pitch in Triple-A. The Marlins won seven of nine games during a stretch bridging May and June but have scored fewer than two runs five times during their six-game losing streak after managing just five hits and striking out nine times in Tuesday's loss. Harold Ramirez notched a single and scored the lone run for Miami in the setback to improve to 6-for-15 during a four-game hitting streak that left his batting average at .327 since being recalled from the minors.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, FS Midwest (St. Louis), FS Florida (Miami)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Miles MIkolas (4-6, 4.54 ERA) vs. Marlins RH Jordan Yamamoto (NR)
Mikolas allowed three runs and four hits over four innings versus the Chicago Cubs on Friday before leaving with a bruised right forearm, but he is expected to be ready to face Miami. The 30-year-old Floridian is winless in his last five games, giving up 16 runs over 26 1/3 frames during the drought. Mikolas is 1-3 with a 7.52 ERA on the road this year, although he owns a 2-0 record and a 2.66 ERA in five career games (three starts) against the Marlins.
Yamamoto arrives from Double-A Jacksonville as scheduled starter Jose Urena was placed on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday with lower back tightness. The 23-year-old Hawaiian has gone 3-5 with a 3.58 ERA in 12 starts with the Jumbo Shrimp this year, registering 64 strikeouts and issuing 25 walks over 65 1/3 innings. Yamamoto, a 12th-round draft pick of Milwaukee in 2014, was acquired in the deal involving Christian Yelich in January 2018.
1. Miami 1B-RF Garrett Cooper went 1-for-3 in Tuesday's loss and is batting a robust .365 in his last 14 games.
2. Molina has lifted 68 career sacrifice flies and needs one to break Albert Pujols' franchise record.
3. Marlins OF Curtis Granderson is three runs shy of 1,200 for his career.
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ST LOUIS CARDINALS
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- ForearmEarly Oct | 60-day IL
Riddle has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with a right forearm strain. He is likely to remain idle until at least the beginning of October.
- KneeOut indefinitely | out
Cooper is sidelined with a left knee contusion and will miss an undetermined amount of time.
- HipEarly Oct | 10-day IL
Puello has been added to the 10-day injured list with a left hip flexor strain, and he will be sidelined until at least the early part of October.
- ForearmProb Sat | 10-day IL
Yamamoto has been added to the 10-day injured list due to a right forearm strain. It is expected that he will come off the IL in time for Saturday's game against the Nationals.
- HandQues Wed | questionable
Alfaro exited the previous game due to a left hand contusion. It is unknown if he will play against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
- KneeProb Sun | probable
Romo injured his left knee in the previous contest, leaving his status up in the air Sunday against the Indians.
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- HandEarly Oct | 60-day IL
Cecil has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to left hand Carpal Tunnel syndrome and is expected to be out of action until the early part of October.
- HamstringOut Sat | out
Wong sat out the previous game due to a left hamstring injury, and he will not will face the Cubs on Saturday.
- CalfProb Wed | probable
Wieters has received an anti-inflammatory shot for a left calf strain, but it is projected that he will return Wednesday against the Nationals.
- IllnessProb Mon | probable
Martinez missed the previous game with an upper-respiratory illness. It is likely that the symptoms will subside in time for Monday's tilt against the Nationals.
- RestQues Sun | questionable
Carpenter is unlikely to play Sunday against the Brewers as he is to be rested.
- RestQues Thurs | questionable
Goldschmidt is likely to be absent from the starting lineup against the Rockies on Thursday as he is expected to be given a day of rest.
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