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Cardinals to face league's top pitcher in series-finale against Marlins

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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook works in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Sunday, April 24, 2011 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook works in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Sunday, April 24, 2011 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
Florida Marlins starting pitcher Josh Johnson throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning of a major league baseball game, Saturday, April 30, 2011 in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) By Al Behrman Florida Marlins starting pitcher Josh Johnson throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning of a major league baseball game, Saturday, April 30, 2011 in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) By Al Behrman

(KMOV.com) – The St. Louis Cardinals offense has an opportunity to showcase how strong their offense is against one of baseball’s hottest pitchers.  The final game of the four-game series against the Florida Marlins starts at 12:45.  Here are today’s starting pitchers: 

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RHP Josh Johnson (3-0, 0.88 ERA)

Cardinals will have their hands full today against Josh Johnson.  He has allowed only 18 hits in over 41 innings pitched this season.  The right-hander has allowed only one run in his last four starts (28.1 IP).  He also has struck out 30 batters in that stretch of games.  Johnson has not allowed an earned run on the road (14.1 IP) in 2011.  He is 1-1 in four career starts against the Cardinals with 2.93 ERA.  Albert Pujols, Yadier Molina and Lance Berkman are a combined 12 for 33 (.364 avg.) against Johnson.

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RHP Jake Westbrook (2-2, 6.53 ERA)

Jake Westbrook has allowed only two earned runs in his previous two outings (12 IP) after allowing 20 earned runs his first four starts (18.1 IP).  He has yet to pitch more than six innings in a game in 2011.  Right-handed batters are hitting .393 against Westbrook this season.  The right-hander is 1-0 in two career starts against the Marlins with a 2.40 ERA.
 

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