New York Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets face off on Monday in St. Louis for game one of their series. The Cardinals are -200 favorites over the Mets with an over/under run total set at 8.
The St. Louis Cardinals are coming off of a loss on Sunday but prior to that they were rolling right along and looking like one of the better teams in baseball this season. The Cardinals are 8-2 in their last 10 games, 9-6 at home this season, and they have a two game lead over the Reds in the NL Central standings. As a team the Cardinals are hitting .263 with Yadier Molina hitting .343, Carlos Beltran hitting .298, Allen Craig hitting .295, and Matt Carpenter hitting .288. The Cards’ opponents are hitting .246 and the St. Louis pitching staff has an ERA of 2.89. For game one against the Mets the Cardinals start Lance Lynn who is off to an outstanding start this season. For the year Lynn has allowed 29 hits and 13 earned runs while striking out 47 over 43 innings for a 5-1 record and a 2.72 ERA.
The New York Mets are sliding in the standings and they are looking to turn it around in a hurry before their season gets away from them. The Mets have lost three in a row, are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 5-8 on the road this season and hey are 5.5 games behind the Braves in the NL East. As a team the Mets are hitting .234 with David Wright hitting .297, Daniel Murphy hitting .258, and Ruben Tejada hitting .236. The Mets opponents are hitting .265 and the New York pitching staff has an ERA of 4.44. For Monday’s game New York starts Jeremy Hefner who is still looking for his first win of the year. For the season Hefner has allowed 32 hits and 18 earned runs while striking out 25 over 35 innings of work for a 0-4 record and a 4.63 ERA.
St. Louis is 4-1 in their last five games against the NL East, 7-2 in their last nine game one of a series, and 6-0 in Lynn’s last six home starts against a team with a losing record. New York is 2-6 in their last eight road games, 3-7 in their last 10 games following a loss, and 0-6 in Hefner’s last six starts. New York is 3-9 in their last 12 games in St. Louis.
This one sets up to be a mismatch and there is no reason to look to deep into it as the Cardinals are the easy choice as the odds suggest.
St. Louis Cardinals -200 New York Mets