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Miami Marlins St. Louis Cardinals Preview

The Miami Marlins open their new stadium against the St. Louis on Wednesday in Part II of a three-part MLB season opener.

Last week, Oakland and Seattle played in Japan and today, MLB gives the former Florida Marlins the stage to showcase its there park. Tomorrow, action starts for real.

It's a pitching duel between Josh Johnson for the Marlins and Kyle Lohse for St. Louis.

View St Louis vs Miami Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Miami sat as +175 underdogs at Bovada. The total was set at 7.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the National League No. 11-ranked Marlins and the National League No. 5-rated Cardinals in this matchup.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Miami's National League No. 1-ranked scoring average of 0 runs per game, against a Cardinals offense rated No. 1 and scoring 0 runs per game in the league. The Marlins have averaged 0 hits per game to date this season, almost the same as the Cardinals hitters have managed (0 per nine innings).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Miami has the National League's No. 1-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Cardinals own the National League's No. 1 mark in runs allowed.

The Cardinals were a 6-2 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Rangers. That made winners of bettors who got St. Louis at -130 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for UNDER bettors. St. Louis got the job done in their last match in a 6-2 victory over Texas on Friday at Busch Stadium behind starter Chris Carpenter.

In their last action, Florida was a 3-1 loser at home against the Nationals. Bettors on Washington at -135 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Florida looks to rebound from a loss to the Nationals, who beat them 3-1 on Wednesday behind a start from Stephen Strasburg at Sun Life Stadium.

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Milwaukee are 6-4
After playing Texas are 5-4
After a win are 5-5

Miami Marlins Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Cincinnati are 4-6
After playing Washington are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6


A few Cardinals at Marlins trends to consider:
St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Miami
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis' last 6 games on the road
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Miami
The total has gone OVER in 6 of St. Louis' last 8 games when playing Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Miami's last 16 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Miami's last 8 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Miami's last 9 games when playing at home against St. Louis

Next up:
St. Louis at Milwaukee, Friday, April 6
Miami at Cincinnati, Thursday, April 5