Florida Marlins vs. St. Louis Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Florida Marlins meet for game one of their series in South Florida. The Marlins are -120 favorites over the Cardinals with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Florida Marlins were rained out on Wednesday but that is one of the few things that have been able to slow this team down of late. The Marlins are 8-2 in their last 10 games, have won three in a row, are just 23-30 at home and are tied for third place in the National League East. As a team Florida is hitting .248 led by Emilio Bonifacio at .295, Greg Dobbs at .303, Gaby Sanchez at .287, and Omar Infante at .274. As a team the Florida pitching staff has a combined ERA of 3.92 with the starters at 4.20 and the bullpen at 3.42. For game one against the Cardinals Florida starts Clay Hensley who was slated to start on Wednesday but who has been pushed back because of the rainout. For the season Hensley has allowed 25 hits and 11 earned runs while striking out 17 in 32 innings of work.
The St. Louis Cardinals were unable to take advantage of a big opportunity in Milwaukee earlier this week and when all was said and done they lost ground on the leaders in the National League Central. The Cardinals are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 29-29 on the road this season, and trail the Brewers by three and a half games in the division. As a team St. Louis is hitting .270 led by Matt Holliday at .313, Jon Jay at .302, and Yadier Molina at .293. As a team the Cardinals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.89 with the starters at 3.92 and the bullpen at 3.84. For game one against the Marlins St. Louis starts Kyle Lohse who won last time out to end a three decision personal losing streak. For the season Lohse has allowed 123 hits and 51 earned runs while striking out 71 over 137.2 innings of work.
Florida is 7-1 in their last eight games against the N.L. Central, 10-21 in their last 31 home games, and 8-23 in their last 31 games against a team with a winning record. St. Louis is 2-7 in their last nine games against the N.L. East, 1-4 in their last five home games against a team with a losing record, and 1-4 in Lohse’s last five starts. St. Louis is 12-5 in their last 17 games in Florida.
While the Cardinals are competing for the Central, they were a year ago at this point and folded, it looks like they may be doing the same thing this season. Take the Marlins minus the 120.
Florida Marlins -120 St. Louis Cardinals