Following a narrow 3-2 victory last night, the Cards take the field against the Marlins looking for their fourth consecutive victory today at 1:15 CST. The Cards have relied on its strengths lately with the starting pitching posting a 0.47 ERA during the team’s current win streak. Today, two young pitchers take the mound in the second game of this three-game series at Busch.
The Pitching Matchup: Despite his recent struggles, Shelby Miller (7-7, 4.10 ERA) gets the nod for the Cardinals today. In his last three starts, Miller has posted an 8.16 ERA and has had difficulty with his command, allowing 11 walks in those starts. Most recently, Miller allowed six runs and seven hits in five innings of work against the Dodgers. This will be Miller’s first career start against the Marlins, but expect Garrett Jones to have a big game, as he is 7-for-10 with two home runs and two doubles when batting against Miller.
The Marlins’ top-rated prospect, Andrew Heaney, makes his fourth career on the mound today. Heaney (0-3, 5.29 ERA) was decent in his last start against Oakland, the team with the best record in baseball, as he pitched six innings and gave up four runs on eight hits. The left-handed pitcher has an impressive 1.12 WHIP, but he has given up three homers in just 17 innings pitched, so look for Jhonny Peralta to potentially have a home run or two.
The Skinny: The Cards seem to finally be hitting their stride right before the All-Star break, and it’s highly unlikely that a rookie pitcher will be able to stop it. Miller is due for a quality pitching performance, but even if he still struggles, the Cards still have the edge in a high-scoring contest against an inexperienced pitcher.