The Marlins will have their hands full when they face Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals on Tuesday at Marlins Park.
Wainwright has been nothing short of spectacular for the Cardinals this season, posting a 14-6 record and a 2.28 ERA, which is the third best in the National League, behind only Johnny Cueto and Clayton Kershaw. He's 6-3 with a 2.23 ERA in his last 10 starts, and in eight career starts against Miami, the right-hander is 4-1 with a 2.11 ERA.
Wainwright worked seven innings Thursday on 122 pitches en route to a two-run outing in a win over the Red Sox. But despite his success, Wainwright is still focused on getting better.
"There are some adjustments that I'm in the process of trying to make. I'll continue to try to hone those in so I can get back to throwing the ball exactly where I want to," he said. "Once I start doing that, then I can start putting a little more power into it. Got some work to do."
The recently acquired Jarred Cosart will start for Miami. Cosart last took the mound on Aug. 1, a day after being traded from Houston, but was scratched from his last start due to a strained left oblique.
The right-hander showed some promise in his Marlins debut, retiring his first nine batters and knocking his first Major League hit, an infield single, to lead off the third inning.
The remainder of that outing was up and down and Cosart took the loss, his ninth of the season.
"Yeah, I really got all of [that hit]," Cosart said after the game. "I hustled out of the box so I could get on base and give us a chance. I did that, but my job is to go out there and pitch."
Cosart will be going on 10 days rest when he starts on Tuesday. But skipping a start was good for the 24-year-old, who's in his first full Major League season and has already logged 121 2/3 innings.
"It actually was probably good for my arm," he said. "That's a positive. And it was only one start, so it wasn't anything too crazy. Kind of like going on six or seven days."
Marlins: Alvarez nearing return
Right-hander Henderson Alvarez, who has been on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, is eligible to return on Thursday and is scheduled to make his next start on Saturday against the visiting D-backs. Manager Mike Redmond said no decision has been made yet on how the return of Alvarez will alter the starting rotation.
"That's still a few days down the road, so we've got until then to figure out what we're going to do," Redmond said.
Cardinals: Molina, Wacha on the mend
Yadier Molina, who tore a ligament in his right thumb on July 9, has had his hard cast removed and is now supporting his thumb with a splint that allows for some increased mobility. Molina had said he expected to start doing more with his thumb after a five-week rest period. He'll hit that mark later this week.
Michael Wacha (right shoulder stress reaction), meanwhile, is continuing the early stages of his return-to-pitch program back in St. Louis and has had no setbacks. Wacha has not yet graduated to throwing off the mound, and that might not come until after he undergoes another MRI on Aug. 18.
• The last time Miami didn't score a run was back on June 21 vs. the Mets. Their 44-game streak without being shut out is shared with the Braves for the longest active streak in the Majors.
• With his 30th and 31st home runs of the season Sunday, Giancarlo Stanton upped his career home run total to 148, tying Hanley Ramirez for second on the Marlins all-time home run list.
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.