The Cardinals are hoping that star first baseman Albert Pujols breaks out and carries the team in South Beach.
St. Louis Cardinals at Florida Marlins
St. Louis sits a half-game back in the NL Central standings and begins a six-game road trip tonight in South Beach. The Cardinals have won seven straight series in Florida and have gone 16-6 here since the start of the 2003 season. The club is currently 13-7 since the All-Star break and is looking to push itself back to a season-high 13 games over .500. First baseman Albert Pujols is hoping to enjoy a better month, after batting just .267 with a .333 on-base percentage in July, his lowest average since September 2009. He also managed to drive in just 15 runs last month, his lowest monthly total since May of last season. The Cardinals are 22-30 in road games this season (-1,290) and the total is 22-30 O/U in those contests. St. Louis is an even 2-2 this month, but has been a fantastic 35-21 in August the last three years (+700).
The Marlins are red hot and have had great success against tonight’s opponent in tonight’s venue.
Florida Marlins at San Diego Padres
Florida took game one of this three-game series against the first-place Padres, 4-2, at Petco Park. The club had dropped five of its first six games against San Diego this season, but they have won 10 of 13 at today’s venue. Since going 2-7 against the Friars in 2000, the Fish have tallied a winning 32-29 mark against them. It marked the 12th win in their last 18 games, as they continue a seven-game road trip (3-2) tonight. The Marlins are 32-39 against right-handed starters (-630) compared to 20-12 versus lefties this season. On the season, Florida has gone 15-18 versus NL West clubs and have gone 205-318 against Western foes in their 18 years in the league. Playing on Saturdays has been a bit problematic for the young club, posting a 6-11 record this season (-690), but they are 34-32 over the last three years.
The Mets are currently the best home team in baseball and look to complete a three-game sweep.
Florida Marlins at New York Mets
Florida has dropped the first two games of its current road series against the New York Mets, after having a previous six-game winning streak against them. The Marlins now find themselves with a 28-29 record heading into Sunday’s contest (-350). “Bottom line is we had some opportunities to get back in the game and we’re not swinging it right now,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “We’ll come back tomorrow.” Even after losing to a left-handed pitcher on Saturday, Florida still possesses a dominating 13-7 record against southpaws this season (+570). The Marlins still remain two games over .500 against division foes with a 13-11 record (+50) and have a good chance of grabbing the series finale with a 6-2 mark on Sunday (+460).
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