St. Louis Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins close out their series and their pre-All Star break schedules as they meet on Sunday at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals are -135 favorites over the Marlins with an over/under run total set at 9.5.
The St. Louis Cardinals have had an up and down year but even though they are in third place in the N. L. Central standings Saturday’s win puts them 2.5 games behind the Pirates in the standings. On Saturday Allen Craig had three hits and Matt Holliday and David Freese each had hits as the Cardinals scored three runs on eight hits. Starting pitcher Kyle Lohse allowed three hits and two earned runs while striking out four over seven innings for his ninth win of the season and Jason Motte earned his 20th save of the year. For Sunday’s game St. Louis starts Joe Kelly who took his first loss in his last outing. For the season Kelly has allowed 33 hits and 10 earned runs while striking out 16 over 27.1 innings of work for a 3.29 ERA.
The Miami Marlins are in trouble of falling out of the race in the N.L. East as Saturday’s loss leaves them nine games behind the Washington nationals in the division. On Saturday Justin Ruggiano had two hits including a home run and Giancarlo Stanton and Logan Morrison each had hits as the Marlins scored two runs on six hits for the game. On the mound starter Carlos Zambrano allowed seven hits and three earned runs while striking out four over five innings for his seventh loss of the year. For Sunday’s game Miami starts Anibal Sanchez who has been getting hit harder than he ever has in his career. For the season Sanchez has allowed 98 hits and 47 earned runs while striking out 92 over 101 innings of work for a 4.19 ERA.
St. Louis is 6-2 in their last eight games as a home favorite, 7-13 in their last 20 against the N.L. East, and 2-5 in their last seven home games against a right handed starter. Miami is 7-4 in their last 11 games overall, 2-7 in their last nine road games against a right handed starter, and 3-8 in Sanchez’s last 11 starts. Miami is 2-10 in the last 12 meetings of these two.
This should be a low scoring game and Sanchez is capable of a big performance at any time and I see him coming up with his best stuff here and getting the win.
Miami Marlins +115 St. Louis Cardinals