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Series Preview 6/10-12: Cardinals at Marlins

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After a winless weekend at Wrigley Field, the Cardinals are a game under .500, at 31-32, and open up the week 5 12 games back of first place in the National League Central division. The Cardinals are making the second stop of their three-city trip in Miami for a three-game series with the Marlins that will begin on Monday evening. The Marlins are 23-40 and have dropped four straight.

Before Monday’s game, the Cardinals placed Adam Wainwright on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain and recalled Ryan Helsley from Triple-A Memphis. Wainwright’s spot in the rotation is due up on Friday.

In Monday’s series opener, Sandy Alcantara and Michael Wacha will be the mound matchup. Alcantara appeared in eight games with the Cardinals in 2017 and was involved in the Marcell Ozuna trade in the 2017-18 offseason. Alcantara has combined to allow just one run in his last 13 innings, in starts against the Giants and Brewers. At the start of play on Monday, Alcantara’s 85.3 MPH opponent’s exit velocity is the lowest in the league.

This will be Wacha’s first start since May 22, when he allowed seven runs to the Royals in under five innings. Wacha allowed six runs, including three homers, to the Phillies in a relief appearance on May 29. He followed that up with 2 13 scoreless frames against the Reds on June 4. Former Cub Starlin Castro is now with the Marlins, and he is likely excited to dig in against this right-hander. Castro is 12-for-25 (.480) with two doubles and three homers in his career facing Wacha.

The Marlins have not announced who will take the mound on Tuesday; whoever that is will take on Dakota Hudson, who has been St. Louis’s most consistent pitcher of late. Dating back to May 2, six of Hudson’s last seven starts have been quality. Hudson has not allowed a homer in his last 47 13 innings and enters this series with a staff-leading 3.70 ERA.

Wednesday’s contest is set to feature Jose Urena and Miles Mikolas. Urena leads the Marlins staff with 74 23 innings of work this season, his third of (almost) exclusive work as a starter. Batters are hitting .289 off Urena this year, and that’s the highest since he was a rookie back in 2015.

Mikolas left his start on Friday against the Cubs after taking a line drive off his right forearm. Nonetheless, he is expected to start in this game against the Marlins. Mikolas maintained an ERA of 3.57 in six May starts, and that number is inflated by his seven-run outing against the Rangers. In contrast with his numbers against Wacha that were mentioned earlier, Castro is 0-for-7 facing Mikolas. JT Riddle has a triple, the only extra-base hit by this current Marlins roster against Mikolas.

So, to recap:

Monday, 6/10, 6:10 | Alcantara v Wacha | FSMW, KMOX, CRN

Tuesday, 6/11, 6:10 | TBD v Hudson | FSMW, KMOX, CRN

Wednesday, 6/12, 6:10 | Urena v Mikolas | FSMW, KMOX, CRN

Notes from around the league:

  • Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz is expected to be flown to Boston late Monday evening for continued medical care after he was shot in the lower back in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. Ortiz’s condition is considered serious, but he is stable enough to fly.

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  • In his first week with the Phillies, Jay Bruce was named the National League Player of the Week. Bruce hit .381 with two doubles, four homers, and 11 RBIs in his first sice games as a Phillie. Marcus Semien was the POTW in the American League after hitting .419 with nine RBIs for the Athletics.