Series Preview: Mets vs. Cardinals

Amazin's Clubhouse previews New York's matchup at home against St.Louis.

The New York Mets (52-45) return to Citi Field for a home stand against the St. Louis Cardinals (52-46). This three-game series is the first time these two teams will see each other this season. The Mets are returning home after a good two out of three series win against the Miami Marlins. The Cardinals did the exact opposite against the LA Dodgers losing two of three in St. Louis. With the same win total, these two squads are looking to edge away from one another and move up the ranks in the Wild Card standings.

Monday 7:10 PM: Noah Syndergaard (9-4, 2.43 ERA) v Carlos Martinez (9-6, 2.83 ERA) (Monday's game postponed to Tuesday 4:10 PM ET)

            The Mets are watching Syndergaard carefully after that July 8 start where he left early due to arm fatigue. This is reason the righty left his last start in Chicago early even though he allowed one unearned run. He has an extra day’s rest heading into tonight’s bout, and he should be ready to go.

            Martinez is riding a two game win streak as he takes the mound at Citi Field tonight. The 24-year-old defeated the San Diego Padres in his last appearance as he went seven innings allowing two earned on four hits.

Pitching Edge: Syndergaard will be determined to make a longer appearance this time around. Give him the edge as he likes his home mound this season (5-2 record at home).

Tuesday 7:10 PM: Bartolo Colon (8-5, 3.48 ERA) v Jaime Garcia (7-6, 3.98 ERA)

            Colon did not like Wrigley Field one bit in his last appearance as he was clobbered for six earned in 4 1/3 innings. Though he has performed remarkably all season, the righty has not reached the sixth inning in his last three starts which may be a cause for some concern.

            Garcia has been decent out of the fourth spot in the rotation for the Cardinals as he has produced some quality starts. One came last week when he beat the Padres in 5 2/3 innings allowing one earned on six hits.

Pitching Edge: Against the current Cards lineup, Colon has a .309 OPP AVG while Garcia’s sits at .273. Give Garcia the edge with Colon allowing most of those hits to the keys in the Cards lineup like Holliday and Peralta.

Wednesday 7:10 PM: Logan Verrett (3-6, 4.14 ERA) v Adam Wainwright (9-5, 4.09 ERA)

            Verrett is still in search for his first win since becoming an everyday start in place of Matt Harvey. Against Miami last time out, he allowed two earned on four hits in 5 1/3 innings for a no-decision. The two runs came on a homer by Christian Yelich which tied the ball game. If he can take away those game changers, he should be in line for a victory sooner than later.

            Wainwright, who wasn’t his normal self to begin the year, has been on a tear lately. He is 3-0 in his last four starts and will look to continue the hot streak. In that span, he has allowed a mere three total earned runs.

Pitching Edge: Wainwright may be back to his old self. Give the Cards’ ace the edge.

More About This Series:

            With all the questions in the Mets’ bullpen at the moment, Jeurys Familia has been as consistent as they come. Recently, however, he hasn’t had his best stuff getting into jams in the past two series. Luckily the veteran has gotten out of them, but it is a call for concern. This is why the Mets should be hunting for another bullpen arm to keep things at bay. So far, the team has done its best with what they have. But, like last season, the bullpen was shaky at this point in the year and with another arm to help out, the Mets shouldn’t have to worry about putting Familia out there every night. 

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