Things to Know: Cardinals vs. Mets

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The St. Louis Cardinals will make a three-game trip to Citi Field beginning tomorrow to face the New York Mets in a battle that will certainly have ramifications on the Wild Card race. Here are a few things to know ahead of tomorrow’s game.

  • The Mets and Cardinals currently will both enter play tonight behind the Miami Marlins for the final Wild Card spot. The Mets are a half-game behind the Marlins, while the Cardinals are a full game behind the Marlins.
  • This is the first meeting between both teams this season. The Mets went 3-4 against the Cardinals last season, splitting a four-game series at Citi Field. They will meet again in St. Louis for a three-game series August 23-25.
  • Yoenis Cespedes holds a .368 average against the Cardinals in nine career games played. It’s his second highest average against any opponent with a minimum of 38 plate appearances.
  • Curtis Granderson is a Cardinals killer, as he owns a .366 batting average and a .455 on-base percentage in 26 games played against the Cardinals. Both numbers are his highest against any opponent in baseball.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera enters play against the Cardinals in a current 0-32 rut with runners in scoring position. If Cabrera were to go 0-37 with RISP he will match the all-time Mets record which is held by infielder Greg Jefferies and pitcher Tom Seaver.
  • Former Mets farmhand Matt Bowman was selected by the Cardinals in the 2015 Rule-5 Draft and has carved out a role in the Cardinals bullpen. The 25-year old right-hander has a 3.20 ERA in 39.1 innings pitched.
  • Starting pitcher Adam Wainwright who still leaves a sour taste in Mets fans mouths is having the worst statistical season of his career as he holds a 4.09 ERA in 20 starts. Wainwright holds a career 5.13 ERA in nine career appearances (seven starts) against the Mets. It’s his worst ERA against any National League opponent and second worst against any opponent in baseball with a minimum of two appearances.
  • Another player who leaves a sour taste in Mets fans mouths, catcher Yadier Molina holds a a career .301 average against the Mets.
  • Cardinals southpaw Jaime Garcia holds a career ERA of 1.29 against the Mets in five starts. It’s his lowest ERA against any opponent with more than one career start.
  • Despite the low average this season, third-year outfielder Randal Grichuk hit .290 against the Mets last season with 10 RBI’s in seven games.
  • Cardinals top pitcher Carlos Martinez holds a career 0.57 ERA in five career appearances (2 starts) against the Mets. It’s his lowest ERA against any opponent with a minimum of two starts.
  • Pitching matchups for the three-game series are provided below:
  • Monday: RHP Carlos Martinez (9-6, 2.83) vs. RHP Noah Syndergaard (9-4, 2.43)
  • Tuesday: LHP Jaime Garcia (7-6, 3.98) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (8-5, 3.48)
  • Wednesday: RHP Adam Wainwright (9-5, 4.09) vs. RHP Logan Verrett (3-6, 4.14)

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