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5:15 PM PT6:15 PM MT7:15 PM CT8:15 PM ET20:15 ET0:15 GMT8:15 5:15 PM MST7:15 PM EST7:45 PM VEN4:15 UAE (+1)7:15 PM CT, June 12, 2018
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri  Attendance: 40,199

Hot-hitting Martinez to lead Cardinals against Padres

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San Diego Padres at St. Louis Cardinals

  1. The Cardinals went 6-1 against the Padres in 2016, averaging 6.1 runs per game. Since then, the Red Birds have gone 6-5 against the Friars, scoring an average of 3.7 runs.
  2. St. Louis has won three of its last four games after dropping the series finale, 6-3, in Cincinnati on Sunday. The Cardinals return to St. Louis where they started the year 12-5 but have gone 7-9 since for an overall home record of 19-14.
  3. San Diego has started June 6-3 and have won four straight series dating back to their final series in May (swept Miami at home). The Padres' current four-series winning streak is their longest since August 2015 and is the second-longest active streak in MLB (min. 3 games in series -- trail Cubs -- 5).
  4. Jose Martinez is hitting .500 (14-28) in June, tied with Paul Goldschmidt and trailing only Brandon Crawford (.533) for the MLB lead among qualifiers. Martinez's 1.036 slugging percentage in the month trails only Goldschmidt (1.139).
  5. In his four starts since taking a perfect game into the eighth against Colorado, Jordan Lyles has a 7.89 ERA, a 1.85 WHIP. The Padres, however, won the first three of these starts before falling 14-1 to Atlanta on June 5 with Lyles allowing eight earned runs in 4.1 innings.
  6. Jack Flaherty has posted a 6.30 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP in his last two starts after marks of 2.15 and 1.02 in his first five starts of 2018. Flaherty, who allowed seven earned runs in his first five starts, has allowed seven earned in his last two outings.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/11/2018 thru 6/13/2018

Few hitters in baseball are hotter than Jose Martinez over the last nine games.

The San Diego Padres found out the hard way Monday night when Martinez went 3 for 4 and homered for the fifth time in five games, a two-run blast that gave the St. Louis Cardinals the lead for good in a 5-2 verdict.

It's safe to say that San Diego will work carefully to Martinez Tuesday night at Busch Stadium when the teams meet in the middle game of their three-game series.

Dating back to June 2, Martinez is 17 of 32, a .531 average. He has five homers and 11 RBIs, along with an OPS of nearly 1.700.

"When I swing at good pitches and go deep into the count, you're going to see the ball come off the bat," Martinez said to FS Midwest after Monday night's game. "Every once in a while, you're going to make an out, but I'm feeling good right now."

And why shouldn't he?

The guy who was dismissed by three big league organizations and was playing in the Frontier League as late as 2014 is currently batting .327 with 10 homers and 42 RBI. He's on a pace to drive in more than 100 runs and owns a .905 OPS for the season.

While Martinez is a project defensively at first base, his bat more than offsets his occasional defensive gaffes.

"Jose has been so hot all season long," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "It's been impressive to watch."

So has the pitching of Miles Mikolas (7-1, 2.27), who has pitched at an All-Star level. Mikolas cruised to a 4-1 win Thursday over Miami, permitting just one unearned run over seven innings on three hits and a walk. He whiffed five.

The former Padre farmhand will try for his second win in just over a month against his old team. He earned a 2-1 victory on May 10 at Petco Park, permitting only five hits and a run over 6 2/3 innings with a walk and four strikeouts.

San Diego (31-37) will counter with its bullpen.

Manager Andy Green will start left-hander Matt Strahm (1-2, 3.07) for the second time in a week with four or five other arms ready to back him up. With rookie left-hander Joey Lucchesi on the 10-day DL, the Padres' lack of MLB-ready starting pitching has led to the bullpen acting as their de facto fifth starter.

Strahm last pitched on Wednesday against Atlanta, going the first 2 1/3 innings in a 3-1 San Diego win and allowing a Freddie Freeman homer while fanning two. He tossed a scoreless inning in his only career outing against the Cardinals (36-28).

Green will at least have the luxury of a rested bullpen after needing just two pitchers to cover Monday night's 24 outs. That means if he can tag-team his way into the late innings with a lead, St. Louis will probably have to deal with lefty Brad Hand, who has become one of baseball's top closers with 19 saves in 21 chances.

"It's a lot of weapons, a lot of different choices," Green said of his deep bullpen. "How long can you maintain it? We'll wait and see."

Updated June 12, 2018

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