New York Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Tip-off: Monday, May 13, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
- New York: Hefner (0-4, 4.63 ERA)
- St. Louis: Lynn (5-1, 2.72 ERA)
Tonight, oddsmakers seem to have favored the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a four-game home set versus the New York Mets.
St. Louis has won the last six regular-season home starts by Lance Lynn while New York has yet to win when they send Jeremy Hefner to the mound.
Furthermore, the Mets also have to worry about Lynn (5-1, 2.72 ERA) never been able to drop back-to-back starts in his career. His 10-game regular-season win streak ended Tuesday as he gave up two runs over seven innings in a 2-1 road loss versus the Chicago Cubs.
The 26 year-old has posted a 1.93 ERA during his six-game win streak in the regular season at Busch Stadium. Lynn dropped his lone career start versus New York last June 2, yielding three runs over 4 2/3 innings in a 5-0 defeat.
The Mets (14-20) have lost all seven games — including six starts — when Hefner (0-4, 4.63) has pitched in 2013.
The right-hander yielded three runs over 15 innings in consecutive starts before allowing four over six Wednesday in a 6-3 defeat to the Chicago White Sox.
Hefner, who has pitched against St. Louis, owns one of the majors’ worst run-support averages at 2.57.
New York totaled 14 runs on a 2-4 homestand capped by Sunday’s 3-2 defeat versus the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Mets batted .216 in those games, left 42 runners on base and were 7 for 40 with runners in scoring position.
The Cards (23-13) have won nine of 11 even when enduring similar difficulties versus New York at the plate last week in leaving 44 runners on base over five games. St. Louis won three of those contests, with Shelby Miller and Adam Wainwright pitching shutouts over the weekend versus the Colorado Rockies.
Yadier Molina went 0 for 3 in Sunday’s 8-2 defeat versus Colorado, ending his 11-game hitting streak in which he batted .476.
The Mets went 4-3 when facing the Cardinals in 2012. According to the MLB moneyline, St. Louis has taken nine of 12 home meetings over the previous four years.