Yes, it was the Miami Marlins. And yes, manager Don Mattingly turned in a Triple-A lineup card for Wednesday’s series finale. But, no, the Cardinals’ three-game sweep of the feckless fish won’t come hooked with an asterisk.
For a Cardinals club that for weeks needed something good to happen — in any way, shape or form, provided no illegal substances were smothered on the baseball — Johan Oviedo and Yadier Molina delivered the goods in the team’s 1-0 walk-off victory.
Come October, the standings won’t discriminate against a June sweep of a Marlins team that Wednesday started two recent call-ups looking for their first hits of the season.