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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.

WALK-OFFS

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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Last Injuries

Miami Marlins

  • JT Riddle

    Forearm
    Early 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.

  • Garrett Cooper

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | out

    Cooper is sidelined with a left knee contusion and will miss an undetermined amount of time.

  • Cesar Puello

    Hip
    Early 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.

  • Jordan Yamamoto

    Forearm
    Prob 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.

  • Jorge Alfaro

    Hand
    Ques 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.

  • Sergio Romo

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Romo injured his left knee in the previous contest, leaving his status up in the air Sunday against the Indians.

St. Louis Cardinals

  • Brett Cecil

    Hand
    Early 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.

  • Kolten Wong

    Hamstring
    Out Sat | out

    Wong sat out the previous game due to a left hamstring injury, and he will not will face the Cubs on Saturday.

  • Matt Wieters

    Calf
    Prob 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.

  • Carlos Martinez

    Illness
    Prob 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.

  • Matt Carpenter

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Carpenter is unlikely to play Sunday against the Brewers as he is to be rested.

  • Paul Goldschmidt

    Rest
    Ques 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.

miami-marlins Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Magneuris Sierra 13 8 32 3 11 0 0 0 1 11 3 6 3 .344 .344 .364
Bryan Holaday 39 32 108 12 32 6 0 4 12 50 0 19 1 .296 .463 .364
Miguel Rojas 124 116 451 47 127 27 1 5 45 171 8 59 5 .282 .379 .331
Garrett Cooper 107 99 381 52 107 16 1 15 50 170 0 110 0 .281 .446 .344
Starlin Castro 153 150 601 64 163 28 3 21 80 260 2 105 2 .271 .433 .301
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Adam Conley 57 0 175 52 2 75 10 5 43 0 0 2 25 1014
Tayron Guerrero 50 0 132 43 6 37 7 0 32 0 0 2 35 862
Jarlin Garcia 48 0 140 37 2 36 4 2 15 0 0 1 13 700
Tyler Kinley 48 0 140 41 1 40 5 2 20 0 0 1 34 814
Nick Anderson 45 0 131 69 1 40 5 3 19 0 0 1 16 766
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Jorge Alfaro 122 108 0 30 16 11 0 10
Bryan Holaday 39 32 0 19 5 1 0 1
Chad Wallach 19 12 1 3 2 1 0 1
Austin Dean 55 37 0 0 0 2 3 0
Brian Anderson 126 120 0 0 0 7 9 0

st-louis-cardinals Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
John Brebbia 59 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Ryan Helsley 20 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 .333 .333 .333
Lane Thomas 34 4 38 6 12 0 1 4 12 26 1 8 1 .316 .684 .409
Tommy Edman 84 67 291 50 84 16 5 10 32 140 13 55 1 .289 .481 .326
Kolten Wong 148 134 478 61 136 25 4 11 59 202 24 83 4 .285 .423 .361
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Andrew Miller 69 0 155 65 7 40 10 1 27 0 0 1 26 914
John Brebbia 63 0 212 83 3 54 5 1 26 0 0 1 24 1161
Giovanny Gallegos 61 0 209 92 3 39 7 2 16 0 0 2 15 1062
John Gant 61 0 193 57 0 49 4 1 28 0 0 1 32 1073
Tyler Webb 60 0 148 44 2 33 7 3 23 0 0 3 23 824
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Yadier Molina 106 101 0 21 7 1 0 4
Matt Wieters 62 40 0 10 8 1 0 2
Andrew Knizner 17 13 0 1 3 1 0 0
Carlos Martinez 39 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Dakota Hudson 28 27 0 0 0 2 0 0