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St.Louis Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins

St. Louis Cardinals (32-32) @ Miami Marlins (23-41)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 @ 7:10 P.M. (Marlins Parks)

Dakota Hudson (RHP, 4-3, 3.70 ERA, 45 K) vs. Elieser Hernandez (RHP, 0-0, 9.00 ERA, 0 K)

Line and Odds: St. Louis Cardinals-152/-147/-155, Miami Marlins 8o20/8o15/8

The Miami Marlins will look to even up the series against the St. Louis Cardinals, as the Cardinals managed to come away with a 5-1 victory in game one of the three game set. On a Tuesday evening in Miami, Florida, the Marlins will continue to host the St.Louis Cardinals in game two of the three game set.

As both of these teams look to turn their season in the right direction, tonight’s game will kick off at 7:10 P.M. It will be another featuring of right- hand pitching on the mound to start the evening. Both pitcher will be pitching with the motive to prove themselves to their teams.

Tonight’s Starting Pitching Match-Up

St. Louis Cardinals: For the visiting St.Louis Cardinals, they will send RHP Dakota Hudson to the hill, in hopes of winning the series against the Miami Marlins. Hudson, who has turned his season around will be looking to continue that trend in game two against Miami.

Hudson (4-3, 3.70 ERA) who was a 24-year-old from Tennessee, starred at Mississippi State before the Cardinals drafted him 34th overall in 2016. Before making his major league debut last year, he accumulated a track record of 56 games, which included him making 45 starts.

In his 26 rookie appearances, all in relief, Hudson went 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.354 WHIP. This year, in 13 appearances, including 12 starts, Hudson has cut down on his walk rate from 5.9 per nine innings to 4.2. As for his WHIP, that has worsened. It is up to 1.569, because he is allowing more hits.

In spite of his WHIP problem, Hudson has figured out how to fix the issue. Lately he has improved due to a more effective sinker and an increased ground-ball rate. After sporting a 5.63 ERA through April, Hudson had a 2.80 ERA in six May starts, and he has a 1.42 ERA through his lone start this month.

In his latest start, against the Cincinnati Reds, Hudson managed to get the no-decision because of his display on the mound. He threw 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball, which was a big help when the Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds by a score of 3-1. According to the RHP, he said, “I just want to go out and give them seven or eight or nine (innings), whatever it takes to where I can give them a chance to win…” Continuing Hudson said, “…I’m happy the guys rallied for the win because that’s what it’s all about. But I would’ve liked to finish a little stronger.”

Miami Marlins: The Marlins will counter Hudson with right-hander Elieser Hernandez, who will be recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to make the start. Hernandez, 24, went 2-7 with a 5.21 ERA in 32 major league games (six starts) last year. This year, Hernandez has made just one major league appearance, when he allowed two runs in two innings against the San Francisco Giants on May 28th.

This will be Hernandez’s first major league start of the year, although he is 3-1 with a 1.12 ERA in nine starts for New Orleans. The Marlins opted against promoting him in recent weeks when they needed a reliever. According to manager Don Mattingly, who spoke about Hernandez’s progression in Triple-A, “He’s been throwing the ball good down there. We don’t want to get him here and have him sitting around for ten days — pitch one inning here and there. That’s not the right thing for him or us.” It is worth noting that Hernandez is making this start because he will be taking the place of LHP Caleb Smith.

Smith was placed on the injury list because of inflammation to his left hip. This will be the first start missed this year by any of Miami’s five starters. In Hernandez’s previous six major league starts, he went 0-5 with a 5.04 ERA. He has never started against the Cardinals but has faced them twice in relief, going 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA.

Things To Pay Attention To

Hudson has never started against the Marlins and the same can be said for Hernandez, as he has never started against the St.Louis Cardinals either. St. Louis, which was swept in a three-game series by the Chicago Cubs last weekend, snapped its skid on Monday night with a 4-1 win over the Marlins. As the Marlins will look to even the series against the Cardinals, they will have to find a way to shut down the offensive power of the visiting team that is being lead by a former Marlin. Former Marlins’ outfielder Marcell Ozuna is 5-for-7 in his past two games and is batting .462 in seven career contests against Miami.

The Cardinals’ will look to get shortstop Paul DeJong going again, as he is set to return to the lineup. He is batting .270 with 17 doubles, one triple and 10 homers.

Miami, which has lost five straight games and has scored just nine times during that span, is led by rookie center fielder Harold Ramirez, who went 3-for-4 on Monday and scored the Marlins’ only run. He is hitting .330 since making his major league debut on May 11.

As it will be a battle between the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals, game two of the three game set in Miami should be an interesting one. Everyone knows that the Marlins are undergoing a rebuilding stage, so making my pick for today’s game will hurt. I am going against former Yankees’ shortstop and now Marlins’ CEO Derek Jeter, St. Louis Cardinals will feed off of their momentum from last night and get the win in tonight’s match-up.

MY PICK: St. Louis Cardinals -153