Cardinals @ Mets Series Preview

The New York Mets return home to begin an eight game homestand, beginning with a three game set against the St. Louis Cardinals, after playing inspiring baseball on a successful road trip where they took two games from both the Diamondbacks and the Astros. The Cardinals come to Shea winners of five of their last seven games and boast one of the National League's best road records at 10-5 this season.

The Mets return home after a successful road trip. Most teams have trouble on the road. Most teams have trouble against All-Star caliber pitching. The Mets had the bad luck of having to not only be on the road last week, but they had to face some of the games best pitchers, including Randy Johnson, Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens. New York came away with two wins in both Arizona and Houston.

The team returns to Shea in third place in the division with Cardinals up next. St. Louis has always had a solid offense, but their pitching is not reliable and is costing them games they should be winning and thus they are struggling to keep up with the N.L. Central leaders. The Mets are climbing the ladder and hope a good week will put them above .500.

Probable Pitching Match-ups

On Tuesday the Mets will send Tom Glavine to the mound. Glavine (5-2, 2.05 ERA) has been brilliant this season. Last week against the Diamondbacks, the team Ace pitched seven shutout innings en route to his fifth win of the season.

St. Louis will counter with New York native, Matt Morris. Morris (4-3, 3.63 ERA) also won his previous start, allowing two runs in eight innings versus the Braves.

Steve Trachsel (4-3 3.60 ERA) will pitch Wednesday's game. Trachsel is hoping to make it two wins in a row after holding the Astros to three runs in six innings over the weekend.

The much traveled Jeff Suppan (3-4 4.29 ERA) will start for the Cards. Suppan, who is on his fourth team in two years, was shelled for three runs in three innings against the Braves his last time out.

The finale will feature Jae Weong Seo (2-3 4.99 ERA) versus Jason Marquis (2-3, 3.44 ERA). Both pitchers looked sharp last week and led their respective teams to victory. Seo gave up three runs to Arizona, while Marquis allowed just two runs in seven innings against the Marlins.

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