The two teams with the best records in the National League, the New York Mets (23-14) and the Cardinals (24-14), will meet for the only time in St. Louis this week in a three-game series that begins Tuesday.
The Cardinals will oppose their top nemesis among current pitchers in Mets left-hander Tom Glavine, who has a 17-6 career mark against the Cardinals.
This will conclude a three-series home stand. In their first seven series at the new Busch Stadium, the Cardinals have won all seven and are 16-6 overall at home.
To face Glavine, the Cardinals will send their hottest pitcher, at least as far as wins are concerned. Right-hander Jeff Suppan, who has won four in a row, will seek the 99th win of his big-league career.
St. LOUIS CARDINALS - Notes
--RHP Sidney Ponson, on the disabled list with a muscle strain near his right elbow, has begun tossing and hopes to pitch before the month ends.
--The Cardinals, normally a taut defensive team, already have made three errors in four different games this season.
--RHP Anthony Reyes probably will be recalled from Triple-A Memphis to make a start Saturday in Kansas City, but likely would go back after the game. Reyes pitched in similar fashion when he made his major-league debut last August in Milwaukee.
--RHP Chris Carpenter has a 1.67 ERA since winning 13-5 on Opening Day in Philadelphia. But he is only 2-2 in eight starts since then.
NEW YORK METS - Notes
-- SP Victor Zambrano, Surgery Victor Zambrano was more extensive than anticipated Monday, but the team still described the procedure as successful.
Zambrano was injured May 6 against Atlanta at Shea Stadium and will be lost for the season.
Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek removed bone spurs from the elbow, repaired a torn tendon and performed "Tommy John" surgery to repair a torn ligament.
Originally, the team expected him to be ready for spring training, but that could be modified because of the additional surgery.
--LF Cliff Floyd, who didn't start the last two games of the Milwaukee series over the weekend, is expected to return to left field and the sixth spot in the batting order Tuesday at St. Louis against RHP Jeff Suppan, against whom he is batting .111 (2-for-18) lifetime.
--LHP Tom Glavine (5-2, 2.19) will make his ninth start of the season Tuesday against St. Louis. He is 17-6 with a 3.58 lifetime ERA in 34 career games against the Cardinals.
--The Mets have won 11 games by one run and six in their final at-bat.