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[April 21, 2014]
David Wright began the season
hitting .192, but the New York Mets third baseman has put together an
11-game hitting streak to shake off the slow start. The Mets host the
Cardinals in the opener of a four-game series Monday with Wright hitting
.380 during his streak. including four hits Sunday. St. Louis is 4-3 on
its current 11-game road trip but has allowed just nine runs in its past
Both teams will keep a close eye on their starting pitchers in
the series opener. New York's Jenrry Mejia has a blister on the
middle finger of his right hand, while the Cardinals promoted Tyler
Lyons from Triple-A Memphis to start after Joe Kelly strained his
left hamstring and landed on the disabled list. The Mets in
particular need innings from their starter, after the New York
bullpen threw eight shutout innings in Sunday's 4-3, 14-inning
victory over Atlanta.
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FSN Midwest (St. Louis), WPIX (New York)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals LH Tyler Lyons (2013: 2-4, 4.75 ERA) vs.
Mets RH Jenrry Mejia (2-0, 2.81)
Lyons makes his season debut after three strong starts at Triple-A
Memphis, where he went 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA. He made his major-league
debut last season, appearing in 12 games (eight starts) for St.
Louis. Monday would have been Lyons' day to pitch for Memphis, and
he allowed one run on five hits with six strikeouts in seven innings
in his last start
Mejia has lasted just five innings in his past two starts, but he
held Arizona scoreless on two hits to beat the Diamondbacks on
Tuesday. He took a no-decision April 10 in Atlanta, surrendering
four runs on six hits, but has given up one run in 11 innings in his
two victories. Mejia has benefited from ample run support, getting
six or more runs in two of his three starts.
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New York OF Curtis Granderson is hitless in his last 16 at-bats
and is batting .127, but hit the game-winning sacrifice fly Sunday.
St. Louis 1B Matt Adams is hitting .391 in his past 12 games.
New York P Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched in relief in the final two
games of the Atlanta series, after making just one relief outing in
his first 124 major-league appearances.
PREDICTION: Mets 5, Cardinals 3
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