New York Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals and the Mets wrap up their four game series on Thursday afternoon in St. Louis. The Cardinals are -211 favorites over the Mets with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The St. Louis Cardinals are having their way with the New York Mets this series winning on Wednesday to make it three in a row. Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, and Yadier Molina all had hits as the Cardinals scored four runs on six hits. Starting pitcher Shelby Miller allowed four hits and struck out six over 5.2 scoreless innings to not factor in the decision as Seth Maness blew the save but got the win and Edward Mujica earned his 11th save. For Thursday’s game the Cards start Adam Wainwright who has won five of his last six decisions. For the season Wainwright has allowed 54 hits and 15 earned runs while striking out 55 over 58.2 innings for a 5-2 record and a 2.30 ERA.
The New York Mets have now lost six games in a row and they are at risk of getting swept in St. Louis if they lose again on Thursday. Rick Ankiel had two hits including a home run and Daniel Murphy and David Wright had hits as they scored two runs on seven hits. Shaun Marcum allowed five hits and two runs while striking out three over 6.2 innings to take the loss and go to 0-4 on the season. For Thursday’s game New York starts Jon Niese who has lost his last four decisions. For the year Niese has allowed 50 hits and 27 earned runs while striking out 21 over 41 innings for a 2-4 record and a 5.93 ERA.
St. Louis is 12-2 in their last 14 games overall, 44-19 in their last 63 home games, and 6-1 in Wainwright’s last seven starts. New York is 21-47 in their last 68 games as an underdog, 2-9 in their last 11 road games, and 0-5 in Niese’s last five starts. New York is 11-29 in their last 40 games in St. Louis.
The Cardinals are the pick here and should win this easily.
St. Louis Cardinals -200 New York Mets