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Beginning Thursday evening, the Cardinals and Marlins will play a four-game series at Marlins Park in Miami, accounting for the teams’ final regular-season meeting.
In the opening game of the series, Jose Fernandez will get the nod for the Marlins. Fernandez is 3-2 with a 2.93 earned run average over his last seven starts and has whiffed 29 batters over his last 20.1 innings. Hurling for the Cardinals will be Michael Wacha. Wacha has not allowed more than three earned runs in a start since June 4.
Jose Urena will take the mound for Miami in the second game of the series. Urena served the Marlins as a reliever in April and May before going to the minors; Urena was recalled to make the start on July 19 and made a second one on July 24. Urena has pitched 11.2 innings in those starts and allowed a total of two runs. The Cardinals will roll with Mike Leake. Leake has lasted at least six innings in his last three starts and has not walked a batter this month.
The third game of the series will feature Jarred Cosart for Miami. Cosart has made four starts for the Marlins this year, logging 19.2 innings and walking sixteen batters across those. Pitching for the Cardinals will be Jaime Garcia, who will be working on three days of rest. Garcia made his last start against the Mets on Tuesday, July 26, where he allowed two runs on five hits through five frames.
Tom Koehler will start the series finale for the Marlins. Koehler has spun fourteen innings over his last two starts, in which he has allowed only one earned run and managed a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 10:2. For the Cardinals, it will be Carlos Martinez making the start. Martinez has a 1.84 ERA over his last seven starts with 37 punchouts.
Cardinals: Yadier Molina, catcher. In his eleven-game hitting streak, Molina is batting .341 with two home runs.
Marlins: Giancarlo Stanton, right fielder. Stanton has really caught fire after a down first half by going 10-for-28 over his seven games with two home runs and seven RBIs.