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[April 23, 2014]
The New York Mets signed Curtis
Granderson to a four-year, $60 million contract during the offseason,
and still are waiting to get any sort of return on their investment.
Granderson carries a .116 batting average into the third contest of a
four-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday while in a
4-for-50 rut and hitless in his last 22 at-bats. "I wish I knew,"
Granderson told reporters when asked about the slump. "Because if I
knew, I would hopefully be able to figure it out."
The Cardinals evened the series with a 3-0 victory Tuesday, but
they hope it wasn't a costly one as ace Adam Wainwright left after
seven innings with a hyperextended knee. "Just give me a couple of
days and everything will be all right," Wainwright told reporters.
St. Louis' Michael Wacha is coming off his first loss of 2014
despite registering his fourth straight quality start to begin the
season as he opposes Jon Niese, who has received a total of one run
of support in his two losses.
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FSN Midwest (St. Louis), SNY (New York)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Michael Wacha (2-1, 1.73 ERA) vs.
Mets LH Jon Niese (0-2, 2.84)
Wacha was let down by his defense, which committed three errors in a
3-1 loss at Washington on Friday as he yielded three runs (one
earned) and five hits while striking out seven in seven innings. The
23-year-old Iowa City, Iowa, native recorded his first major league
victory over the Mets on June 11, when he yielded two runs and five
hits in six frames of the Cardinals' 9-2 victory in New York. Wacha
sports an 0.88 WHIP and .206 opponents' batting average this season
while striking out 25 in 26 innings.
Niese's season debut was slightly delayed because of left elbow and
shoulder soreness, but he's responded with three effective starts.
The 27-year-old Lima, Ohio, native yielded one run and four hits
while striking out seven in six innings before the bullpen imploded
in a 6-0 loss to Atlanta on Friday. Niese, who hasn't allowed a hit
to a left-handed batter in 15 chances this season, is 3-1 with a
2.00 ERA in five starts against St. Louis, with Matt Holliday and
Yadier Molina a combined 5-for-21.
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St. Louis C Yadier Molina has a 13-game hitting streak and is
batting .396 during that span, while Mets 3B David Wright had his
12-game streak stopped Tuesday.
Holliday broke out of a 1-for-12 slide by going 3-for-4 on
Tuesday and robbed New York's Chris Young of a game-tying two-run
homer. "To see the big fella get up like that, it was awesome," St.
Louis CF Jon Jay told reporters.
St. Louis has posted four shutouts in 21 games this season.
PREDICTION: Cardinals 3, Mets 2
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