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Cardinals Vs. Marlins Preview: Road Trip Concludes In Miami

The Cardinals start a three-game series against Miami on Monday.

Jun 24, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Sam Freeman (61) delivers a pitch in the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. St. Louis won the game 11-8. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE
Jun 24, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Sam Freeman (61) delivers a pitch in the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. St. Louis won the game 11-8. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

The St. Louis Cardinals will finish up a nine-game road trip when they swing through Miami for a three-game set starting on Monday night. They're still trying to fight their way back up the NL Central standings, and after a weekend sweep of the Kansas City Royals, they've got some added confidence heading into their matchup with the Marlins.

Related: Cardinals Vs. Royals Final Score: St. Louis Completes The Sweep Against Kansas City

Miami has been trending in the other direction -- before a win on Sunday, the team had lost six games in a row.

Jake Westbrook (6-6, 3.83 ERA) is expected to get the ball for St. Louis on Monday, and Ricky Nolasco (6-6, 5.16) will be on the mound for Miami.

Game 1 Date & Time: Monday, June 25, 6:10 p.m. CT

TV: Fox Sports Midwest

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more comprehensive coverage of this series, head over to Cardinals blog Viva El Birdos and Marlins blog Fish Stripes. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball, visit Baseball Nation.