Cardinals vs Mets Preview and Pick

The Mets are favored at home against the Cardinals tonight and they are coming off a win, but are 6.5 games back of the Atlanta Braves in the NL West and need to start winning for any hopes of making the playoffs.

St. Louis Cardinals (55-45) at New York Mets (51-49)

Bovada has the Mets posted at -135 with the Cardinals at +115 and a run total of 7.

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The Mets are glad they are home, as in their recent 2-9 road trip they only scored 23 runs. Last night they found their offense in scoring 8 runs on the Cardinals. The Mets are only 3-7 in their last 10 games. The Cardinals are coming off a loss, are 6-4 in their last 10 games, and are tied with the Cincinnati Reds atop the NL Central.

This season the Mets are 31-16 at home and the Cardinals are 21-29 on the road. 

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In last night’s game between these two teams the Mets beat the Cardinals 8-2. Last night’s game was the first one since early July that New York had scored more than six runs.

The Cardinals have lost four of their last five games against the Mets in New York.

Taking the mound tonight for the Mets will be Hisanori Takahashi (7-5) 4.52 ERA), who in his last start gave up two earned runs in seven innings for a win. Jamie Garcia (9-4 2.21 ERA) is on the hill for the Cardinals tonight and he was solid in his last start going seven innings and only giving up one earned run in a win.

Garcia owns the second lowest ERA in the Majors.

St. Louis is 4-1 in Garcia’s last five starts against teams with a winning record.

The Mets will need a strong pitching outing tonight from their staff since the New York offense does not rank in the top 20 in the Majors in batting average, RBIs, HRs, or hits.

New York’s Jason Bay (.259 6 HR 47 RBI) will be out of the lineup tonight with a concussion.

Takahashi has to pitch around the middle of the lineup for the Cardinals mainly Albert Pujols (.296 23 HR 70 RBI) and Matt Holiday (.304 18 HR 57 RBI), who have both been playing well and are the only real power bats in the St. Lois offense.

St. Louis is 7-2 in their last nine games against teams with a winning record and only 3-8 in their last 11 road games.

New York is 27-11 in their last 38 home games and 4-9 in their last 13 games against teams with a winning record.

Pick: The bats of the Mets finally came alive last night, but it will not happen tonight against Garcia. He will pitch well and the Cardinals offense will rough up Takahashi and beat the Mets handily.