Losers of three of four, the Cards (62-55) are desperately in need of a victory when they face the Marlins tonight in game two of this three-game set. Last night, the Cards lost a tough one in Miami, 6-5, after a comeback in the ninth inning fell just short. Fortunately, our ace takes the mound to face a young, inexperienced pitcher, so a victory could be in the cards tonight.
The Pitching Matchup: Adam Wainwright (14-6, 2.28 ERA), who is tied for the lead in wins, will be at the helm for the good guys in his first career start at Marlins Park. Fortunately for the Cards, Waino has the best ERA among starters on the road with a 1.32 ERA in 13 starts, so chances are he will fare pretty well pitching in this new ballpark. In his last start, Wainwright settled down after a shaky start to toss seven innings and allow just two earned runs in picking up a win against the BoSox. Waino has been stout against the Marlins hitters, as Casey McGehee is just 1-for-15 against him and Garrett Jones is 8-for-28 with no homers.
As for the bad guys, Jarred Cosart (0-1, 6.75 ERA) will be making his second start as a Marlin after coming over from the Astros. In his Marlins debut, Cosart pitched 5.1 innings, conceding four runs on four hits against the Reds. An oblique injury caused Cosart to miss his scheduled start last week, so he may be on a limited pitch count tonight. Overall, Cosart is 9-8 with a 4.51 ERA and 1.45 WHIP this season, so the Cards should be able to score quite a few runs against Cosart, even though they have never faced him.
The Skinny: The pitching matchup largely favors the Cards, so a Marlins win would be a huge upset, but with the way the Marlins have been hitting at the plate lately, a win could definitely be in their sights. If Waino can shut down McGehee and Stanton, the Cards should easily win this one as long as the offense produces.