After blowing a 4-0 lead in their 6-5 10-inning loss to the Chicago Cubs on Sunday to lose their weekend streak, the St. Louis Cardinals face a tough test Monday at the visit the Miami Marlins.
The Marlins will start Pablo Lopez (5-3, 2.61 ERA) in Game 1 of the three-game series at Busch Stadium.
Lopez won his last start 7-4 against the Colorado Rockies on June 22 while allowing just one unearned run on four hits and three walks in seven innings. It was his first win since May 7.
“Pablo was nice, he was a little tough at first,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “But he became more fluid and improved as the game progressed. It was good to see him go through seven years.
On April 21, Lopez shut out the Cardinals for seven innings and struck out nine batters in a 5-0 win.
He’s 1-1 with a 1.74 ERA in three career starts against the Cardinals. Lopez was particularly successful against Paul Goldschmidt (0-for-6) and Harrison Bader (0-for-5).
The Cardinals will counter with Adam Wainwright (5-5, 3.32 ERA), who is coming off back-to-back tough outings. Wainwright has allowed eight runs on 14 hits and two walks in 11 innings in his last two starts.
Wainwright won his previous start against the Marlins this season, 5-1 on April 19. He allowed one run on five hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings.
He’s 7-2 with a 2.99 ERA in 15 career outings against Miami, including 13 starts.
Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol was forced to mix his relievers with Genesis Cabrera on the 10-day injured list, likely for COVID-19 since he is uninjured. Cabrera was one of the team’s top three late-inning options, along with Giovanny Gallegos and Ryan Helsley.
“He did a good job for us,” Marmol said of Cabrera. “He’s one of those guys who brought us closer to our background. You can use it in different ways. The versatility it gives you in one round, two or three rounds, it’s just super valuable. So losing him certainly doesn’t help, but the next man.
In Cabrera’s absence on Sunday, Marmol used Junior Fernandez and Zack Thompson in high leverage situations. Gallegos and Helsley were unavailable after an extended outing on Saturday, but both could be ready on Monday.
The depth of the bullpen could be an issue against the Marlins, however, as the Cardinals got just two innings from Sunday starting pitcher Jack Flaherty before he left the game with a stiff shoulder. . This forced the relievers to cover eight innings.
“It wasn’t ideal,” Marmol said. “We were already going into this game with both of our back-ends down.”
The Marlins adjusted their bench on Sunday, bringing infielder Erik Gonzalez back from Triple-A Jacksonville after designating Williams Astudillo for assignment.
Miami outfielder Avisail Garcia (hamstring prone) sat out again on Sunday, but could return for Monday’s game. “We didn’t want to push it,” Mattingly said. “I want him to be healthy. Not sure what to expect (Monday), but we’ll see what we get.
Shortstop Jazz Chisholm Jr. (back spasms) and outfielder Jorge Soler also sat out Sunday, but both could return to the roster Monday.
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