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Marlins vs. Cardinals: Game 73 Thread

Game two of the three game series against the St. Louis Cardinals, in Miami.

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I hate the Cardinals. Not in the way one hates terrorism or fashion from the '80s, but a real, genuine sports distaste, if you will. It's good to have a villain to sports-hate on, keeps things interesting through what can be a long baseball season.

In the American League, the Yankees have long been sports villains to many a fan, and the Red Sox have definitely climbed that ladder in the last decade or so, but the Cardinals have been flying under the radar in the National League for awhile now as the true patrons of tyranny. From their outspoken fans claiming to be the best in the world to the handbooks they give their minor leaguers espousing the "Cardinal Way" to the fact that they are so damn good every single year (presently best in the majors at 46-24), they have been deserving of your jealousy and enmity. Now we have the hacking scandal as the cherry on top. Heck, even their own fans have acknowledged their role as a heel. You should too. So with all that being said, regardless of what becomes of the Marlins season from here forward, it would do my soul good to see the Fish swallow those insidious, wretched birds today.

Pitching Matchup
PROJ ERA FIP ERA MARLINS CARDINALS ERA FIP PROJ ERA
3.50 3.22 5.37 Latos Garcia 1.76 2.89 3.90

Jaime Garcia has always featured multiple plus pitches in his career but has struggled to stay healthy. Since coming back from shoulder surgery on May 21st, he has been dominant, allowing only three runs in his past 28 innings of work and generating what presently constitutes a career high 66.1% groundballs on balls in play. The Fish have their work cut out for them.

Mat Latos' bloated ERA belies just how well he's pitched since coming back off the DL. In particular, it fails to show that his velocity has returned in a big way. If he can find that combination of command and speed that he had in his first start back against the Rockies, then the Cardinals could have their work cut out for them, as well.

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<tr><td class="td-last td-name">Kolten Wong - 2B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Dee Gordon - 2B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Matt Carpenter - 3B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Ichiro Suzuki - LF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Jhonny Peralta - SS</td><td class="td-first td-name">Jeff Baker - 1B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Mark Reynolds - 1B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Giancarlo Stanton - RF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Jason Heyward - RF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Marcell Ozuna - CF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Yadier Molina - C</td><td class="td-first td-name">J.T. Realmuto - C</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Jon Jay - CF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Adeiny Hechavarria - SS</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Randal Grichuk - LF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Donovan Solano - 3B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Jaime Garcia - LHP</td><td class="td-first td-name">Mat Latos - RHP</td></tr></tbody>

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Interesting line-up today as Jennings opts to bat Ichiro 2nd against the fellow southpaw. Baker takes over at 1st and will bat 3rd and Donavan Solano gets a start at the hot corner.

Notes:

The Marlins are 68-99 all time versus the Cardinals, but went 4-2 last year against them.

- At 12 games under .500 it feels laughable to talk about the possibility of play-offs, but the possibility is indeed still there. While the Marlins have been playing at a below .500 clip (14-20) since DJ took over, the Mets and Braves have struggled as well. Unfortunately, the Nationals have begun to pad their lead, but with everything that has happened the Fish remain within striking distance. Consistency and a little bit of luck is required now. Improbable, but not impossible.

Bold Prediction: Marlins defeat the Cardinals, 4-2.