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This week, the Cardinals will be visiting Citi Field in New York City to take on the Mets in a three-game series, the teams’ first meeting of the season.
Hurling for the Mets in what may be the best pitching matchup of the three-game series will be Noah Syndergaard. Syndergaard has surrendered a total of four earned runs in three July starts — which have equaled 17.1 innings — and posted a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 21:5. Scheduled to pitch for the Cardinals is Carlos Martinez, who has been just as sharp as Syndergaard has this month. In nineteen July innings, Martinez has allowed six earned runs and recorded 23 of his 57 outs via the whiff.
In the middle game of the series, Bartolo Colon is slated to toe the rubber for the New York squad. Colon has taken it off the chin in his three most recent outings, allowing twelve runs on 22 hits in just under fifteen innings. Colon’s counterpart will be Jaime Garcia. Garcia is 2-0 with a 3.60 earned run average in four starts this month.
The finale of the three game series will feature Logan Verrett. Verrett has made three starts in place of the injured Matt Harvey for the Mets. In his latest two, Verrett has given up four earned runs in 11.1 innings of work, in which he has struck out seven and walked two. Scheduled to toss for St. Louis is Adam Wainwright, who has really returned to form over the previous few weeks. In his last three starts, Wainwright worked to a 1.22 ERA in 22 innings with just as many strikeouts.
Cardinals: Aledmys Diaz, shortstop. Diaz has recorded nine hits in his last seven games with five runs driven in and only four strikeouts.
Mets: Yoenis Cespedes, center fielder. Over his last fifteen games, Cespedes is batting .346 with eleven RBIs.