St. Louis Cardinals (52-46):
1. Greg Garcia (L) 2B
2. Aledmys Diaz (R) SS
3. Stephen Piscotty (R) RF
4. Matt Holliday (R) LF
5. Matt Adams (L) 1B
6. Jedd Gyorko (R) 3B
7. Yadier Molina (R) C
8. Jeremy Hazelbaker (L) CF
9. Carlos Martinez (R) P
SP: Carlos Martinez RHP (9-6, 2.83 ERA)
New York Mets (52-45):
1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. James Loney (L) 1B
5. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
6. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
7. Michael Conforto (L) CF
8. Rene Rivera (R) C
9. Noah Syndergaard (L) P
SP: Noah Syndergaard RHP (9-4, 2.43 ERA)
Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.
CARDINALS-METS NOTES: The Mets are 17-10 all-time vs. the Cardinals at Citi Field…Since 2006, the Mets have only lost one home season series to St. Louis (2013, 1-2).
HOME SWEET HOME: The Mets will start a nine-game homestand tonight…The Mets will play 17 of their next 20 games in New York City… The Mets are 9-4 in their last 13 home games…New York is 26-20 at home this season.
STRONG PEN: New York’s bullpen is 5-1 with nine saves and a 1.76 ERA (12 earned runs/61.1 innings) since June 30…Overall, the pen is fifth in the majors with a 3.10 ERA.
HOT HITTERS: James Loney has hit in eight straight games, going 9-27 (.333)…He has one homer and four RBI during that span…Michael Conforto is hitting .455 (5-11) with one double and three walks since returning to the majors on July 18.
THROWING GAS: Hansel Robles is 5-0 with a 1.47 ERA and 21 strikeouts since June 21…Robles is tied for the major league lead with five wins since June 21.
INTERESTING FACT: Steven Matz tossed 6 shutout innings yesterday… It was the fifth time this year, Matz did not allow a run while pitching at least 6 innings…The only other Mets rookies to have five such starts prior to August are Jerry Koosman (six in 1968) and Ron Darling (five in 1984)…Research courtesy of Elias.
THOR VS. CARDINALS: Has made one career start against the Cardinals…Took the loss in the Mets’ 3-2 defeat on July 17, 2015 at Busch Stadium…Tossed 7.0 innings, allowed two runs, earned, on five hits while striking out six and walking one.
METS VS. MARTINEZ: Carlos Martinez has posted a 1-1 record and holds a career 0.57 ERA in five career appearances (2 starts) against the Mets…He’s struck out 13 and walked 11 in 15.2 innings… It’s the right-hander’s lowest ERA against any opponent with a minimum of two starts…Notable numbers against Martinez are posted below…
- Yoenis Cespedes: .667 (2-3), 1 HR, 1 RBI
- Juan Lagares: .400 (2-5), 1 HBP, 1 K
- Jose Reyes: .333 (1-3), 1 K
- Curtis Granderson: .333 (2-6), 1 RBI, 1 K
- Neil Walker: .250 (4-16), 1 3B, 2 HR
- Wilmer Flores: .200 (1-5)
- Kelly Johnson: .000 (0-2), 1 BB