Having been shut out in back-to-back games for the first time since August 2010, the Cardinals will try to get on the scoreboard when their four-game series against the Mets resumes Sunday. St. Louis Cardinals has dropped four straight overall, and is now just one game over .500.
New York Mets, which has won eight of 11, notched its first consecutive shutouts since August 2010. Those also were thrown by Johan Santana and R.A. Dickey. Mets 3B David Wright has three doubles and four RBIs in his last four games, including a solo homer in Saturday’s 5-0 win.
Cardinals Mets Betting
When: 8:05 PM ET, Sunday, June 3, 2012
Where: Citi Field, New York, New York
TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, ESPN
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Jake Westbrook (4-4, 3.84 ERA) vs. Mets LH Jonathon Niese (3-2, 4.55 ERA)
The sinkerballer Westbrook has been tagged for 11 earned runs on 13 hits in his last two starts, covering 8 2/3 innings. Batters are hitting .271 against him, and the Cards have lost six of his last eight starts. In three career starts against the Mets, Westbrook is 1-1 with a 3.43 ERA.
Niese has walked 16 in his last five starts, including five free passes in an 8-4 loss to the Phillies last time out. He’s been better on the road this season (3.44 ERA) than at Citi Field (4.50 ERA). But he’s holding batters to a .230 average overall. And in three career starts against the Cardinals, Niese is 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA.
1. Cards LF Matt Holliday is 0-for-7 with a walk in the series and grounded into a double play in the ninth inning Saturday.
2. Look for IF/OF Allen Craig to get back in the lineup Sunday. He returned from a hamstring injury Friday and got the day off Saturday, with manager Mike Matheny saying he doesn’t want to ride Craig too hard.
3. The Mets are expected to push back Santana’s next start by a day or two; he threw a career-high 134 pitches in Friday’s no-hitter.