Game Preview: Mets @ Cardinals

The Mets head into St. Louis after splitting a series with the Giants. On Sunday night Syndergaard out dueled Samardzija who was no-hitting the Mets until Granderson hit a double followed by a Cespedes homer which was all the Mets needed to win. Now the Amazin’s start a critical series to gain ground in the wild card race.

Its a crucial series but (most likely) for the health of the arms in the rotation and Steven Matz heading to the DL with arm issues, the Mets are not skipping Jon Niese’s start. Since joining the Mets he has pitched 10.2 innings allowing 12 hits and 11 ER. Niese has not had the greatest track record against the Cardinals this year allowed 14 runs, 13 earned over 16.0 innings while allowing an alarming 24 hits. The Cards have the following numbers against Niese:

  • Molina 11-31, 2B, HR
  • Peralta 7-20, 2 2B
  • Gyorko 6-16, 2 2B, HR
  • Carpenter 5-12, 2 2B
  • Grichuk 3-12, 2B, 3B, HR
  • Moss 4-10, 2B
  • Piscotty 4-8, 2B, 3B

The Mets bats will try to get to Jaime Garcia who is 10-8 over 24 starts and 142.1 innings with an ERA of 4.11. He’s coming off of a rough start where he allowed 5 ER over 5.0 innings to Houston, his second bad start in his last four. In his one start against the Mets this year he was average allowing 3 runs, 2 earned over 5.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Garcia:

  • Bruce 11-47, 2B, HR
  • Reyes 4-17, 2B
  • Loney 4-10, 2B
  • K Johnson 1-5
  • Flores 2-5, 2B
  • Walker 1-5, 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

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