This weekend's three-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins doesn't look like such a mismatch anymore.
The Marlins captured last month's series between these clubs and are winners of 10 of 13 entering Friday night's opener at Busch Stadium.
Although St. Louis (50-34) is contending in second place in the NL Central and Miami (32-52) is in last place in the East, the rebuilding Marlins are playing much better baseball now than the Cardinals - losers of eight of 11.
Miami rallied to take the final two games of a three-game set in Atlanta, including Thursday's 4-3 victory. The Marlins came back from three runs down, with pinch-hitter Donovan Solano singling in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning.
"It sure feels good, and I know the guys are fired up," manager Mike Redmond said. "You've got to earn wins in this place against this team, and we earned it."
St. Louis, meanwhile, blew a two-run lead in the ninth inning in Thursday's 6-5 loss to the Angels to cap ...