Playoff hopefuls will clash on Monday as the New York Mets (11-11) take on the St. Louis Cardinals (16-12). The Cardinals will host this one at Busch Stadium, with first pitch scheduled for 7:45 pm ET.
Over the weekend, the Mets took two of three from the Philadelphia Phillies, including a wild one on Sunday Night Baseball. In the 8-7 win, the Mets scored six runs in the eighth inning but allowed the Phillies to score three in the ninth. A replay reversal ultimately saved the game for the Mets as they finally closed the door in the ninth inning.
The Cardinals had an even better weekend sweeping the Pittsburgh Pirates. After a 3-0 win on Sunday, St. Louis has now won three games in a row. In the win, Carlos Martinez went eight scoreless innings, and Harrison Bader hit his first home run of the season.
The Mets have not officially announced their starter yet, but the belief is that it will be ace Jacob deGrom (2-2, 0.51 ERA). In his last start, deGrom was the hard-luck loser after going six innings and allowing just a lone run to the Boston Red Sox.
The Cardinals will turn to veteran Adam Wainwright (0-3, 4.08 ERA) in this one. He is returning from the COVID injured list but should be good to go for this one. In his last start, a 2-1 loss to the Phillies, Wainwright picked up the loss despite pitching a complete game.
By The Numbers
Offensively, the Cardinals have been the better team this season. They rank eighth in scoring averaging 4.78 runs per game. The Mets fall to 29th, averaging just three runs per game.
Defensively, it is the Mets that come out on top. They rank fifth in the majors in runs allowed per game at 3.62. The Cardinals rank 14th, allowing opponents to score 4.19 runs per game.
Mets Hope To Keep Winning Streak Going
Having now won two games in a row, the Mets have moved into a tie with the Washington Nationals atop the N.L. East division. New York will look to keep their bats hot as their ace takes the mound.
Leading the way for the Mets has been first baseman, Pete Alonso. This season, he is hitting .259/.330/.494 with a team-leading five home runs and sixteen runs batted in.
The Mets have to be happy as over the last week, both outfielder Michael Conforto and second baseman Jeff McNeil have shown signs of life. In that short span, Conforto is hitting .389/.476/.667 with a home run and five runs batted in, while McNeil is hitting .353/.450/.588 with a home run.
Cardinals Out To Reclaim First In Division
The Cardinals currently have the fourth-best winning percentage (.571) in the entire National League, but they still find themselves trailing the Milwaukee Brewers by a game in the division. Hoping to keep pressure on the Brewers, they will try to take the opening game Monday.
Offensively, outfielder Tyler O’Neill has been one of the hottest hitters over the last week for the Cardinals. In the last seven games, he is hitting .393/.393/.643 with a couple of home runs and five runs batted in.
On the season, Paul DeJong leads the team in home runs (six) while Paul Goldschmidt leads in runs batted in (15).
Hard To Bet Against deGrom
Again, the key for this one is making sure that Jacob deGrom is indeed the starter for the Mets. If so, it is really hard to bet against him.
Granted, he is 2-2 on the season, but he has just gotten atrocious run support; otherwise, he would easily be undefeated. Given that they have put up 13 runs over the last couple of games, the Mets’ offense could be starting to wake up.
Take the Mets to win this one.