Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Series Preview: Cardinals vs. Marlins

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Series Preview: Cardinals vs. Marlins

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Scouting report * The Cardinals and Marlins, who play seemingly every other day in spring training in Jupiter, Fla., haven't met at all in the regular season but then will play their entire complement of seven games in the next two weeks. The Marlins, perhaps hoping to capitalize on the fact the Cardinals are 12-14 in games started by opposing lefthanders, will use two southpaws in the series, Wei-Yin Chen and Adam Conley. All-Star Jose Fernandez will not pitch in the series, having worked 1 1/3 innings in the All-Star Game.

Miami leads the National League in batting average at .273 and has five .300 hitters in Martin Prado, J.T. Realmuto, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Derek Dietrich, who also leads the lead in being hit by pitch at 17. ... Giancarlo Stanton, who won the All- Star Game Home Run Derby, has hit five homers in his last five regular-season games. …

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