Miami will be a welcome site for the Cardinals after their pitching staff surrendered nine home runs over the weekend to the Orioles at hitter-friendly Camden Yards in Baltimore.
Next up? The Cardinals will ditch the designated hitter and visit Marlins Park, a place that has been much more pitcher-friendly.
"One hundred fifteen games into this, I think you develop some habits and some swing patterns. We're not a Home Run Derby club," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Sunday. "We go up there trying to put a good pass on the ball and try to find the good part of the bat. That upward swing for us, in general, doesn't translate into production."
The Cardinals will turn to Shelby Miller on Monday to begin the three-game set with the Marlins. Miller, who started the second half in the bullpen, has been strong in his first three starts since rejoining the rotation.
Miller allowed one run over seven innings in his last outing, and he's surrendered five runs over 18 2/3 innings in three second-half starts for a 2.41 ERA.
"I felt like we did a good job of fastball command on both sides of the plate," Miller said after he took a no-decision to the Red Sox on Wednesday. "Got some curveballs over for strikes and threw some good cutters."
Marlins starter Tom Koehler doesn't have much of a track record against the Cardinals, facing them only once in his career. Last season, he made one start and was tagged for nine runs in 4 2/3 innings.
This season, the 28-year-old has been much more effective, especially at Marlins Park. In 10 home starts, Koehler is 4-4 with a 2.45 ERA, and opponents are batting .197 against him.
Koehler is coming off a 7-3 loss to the Bucs in Pittsburgh, where he gave up four runs on five hits in six innings. Miami grabbed a one-run lead in the first, but the Pirates tagged Koehler for four in the home half.
Minimizing the damage has been a work in progress for the right-hander. When he is on his game, Koehler is very effective.
"I didn't really put our team in a good position to win that ballgame," Koehler said of his last start. "All you can do is keep going out there and try to execute the game plan. You try to clear your mind and almost pretend it didn't happen. While it's nice to still go six innings in a game like that, it's unfortunate you put your team behind the eight-ball as soon as the game starts."
Cardinals: Adams continues grinding for Cards
The Cardinals used their final Interleague series over the weekend to give key players much needed rest. That list did not, however, include Matt Adams.
Adams, who is hitting .308 with 12 homers and 50 RBIs, has now started 28 consecutive games with Sunday's start. Matheny said he will look to get Adams time off when possible, but the left-handed slugger did get a short break when he hit the disabled list earlier this season.
"You look over the long haul of the season and he's had a little bit of time off [during the DL stint]," Matheny said. "You look at the two guys and the workload and who might need it most, and I think it leans a little bit toward [Matt Carpenter]. But we'll still try to find time to get Matt Adams time off when we can."
Marlins: Club in search of more success vs. Redbirds
In early July, the Marlins did something they hadn't in a while, taking a road series at St. Louis. Miami won two of three at Bush Stadium, marking the club's first series win in St. Louis since Sept. 14-16, 2009.
On Monday, the Marlins look to gain more momentum against the Cardinals at Marlins Park.
When it comes to the Cardinals, Miami hasn't had much overall success, no matter where the games are played. The Marlins are 30-49 all time at home, and 66-97 overall vs. St. Louis. The Marlins are 31-28 at home, but have won just one of their last four home series.
• Giancarlo Stanton's homer on Sunday in Cincinnati was his third of the road trip. Stanton now has 74 career homers on the road, and 72 at home. With 146 career homers, the slugger is closing in on Hanley Ramirez (148) for second most in franchise history.
• Henderson Alvarez, on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, threw a bullpen session on Sunday. The session went well, and he is eligible to return from the DL on Thursday.
• The Marlins' Garrett Jones has hit .538 (7-for-13) against Miller in his career with two home runs, two doubles and five RBIs.
Alex Halsted is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.