National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, April 24th
(All times Eastern)
St. Louis Cardinals (12-10) at New York Mets (11-10), 1:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Lance Lynn (4-0, 3.42)
New York - Bartolo Colon (1-3, 5.40)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Lance Lynn tries to become the first five-game winner
when he leads the St. Louis Cardinals into the finale of a four-game series
with the New York Mets Thursday afternoon at Citi Field.
Lynn has won each of his first four starts and is sporting a 3.42 earned run
average. He has been reached for only one run in his last two outings and
delivered 5 2/3 solid innings in Saturday's 4-3 win at Washington. Lynn gave
up a run and five hits, one start after throwing seven scoreless innings and
striking out 11 batters at Milwaukee on April 14.
The right-hander will make his fourth start on the road and has a 2.04 ERA
away from home in three chances. Lynn is 12-0 for March/April, the best mark
since Babe Ruth went 13-1.
In four career meetings (2 starts) with the Mets, Lynn is 1-1 with a 3.86
earned run average. He is 0-1 in two games (1 start) at Citi Field.
The Cardinals starting pitching staff has a combined 12 wins, tops in MLB
(12-7, 22 games), but Michael Wacha couldn't improve that mark after
Wednesday's 3-2 loss in the third contest of this series.
Wacha lasted four innings and allowed two runs on three hits and five walks to
go along with 10 strikeouts. Wacha allowed the runs on bases-loaded walks in
the fourth inning.
"I don't credit it for losing my mechanics in that inning," Wacha said
afterward. "You have to be more mentally tough than I was tonight. Walking in
two runs is just unacceptable."
St. Louis scored in the first inning on Yadier Molina's RBI double and tacked
on another run in the ninth thanks to pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso's run
scoring two-base hit. Molina, who ended 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, is
riding a 14-game hitting streak.
Matt Carpenter added four hits and nearly tied the game in the ninth, but was
ruled out at home plate after a video review. Jon Jay and Carpenter hit
consecutive one-out singles in the ninth before Descalso followed with a
double to left-center field to score Jay. Carpenter also tried to score on the
hit, but was tagged out at the plate.
It was St. Louis manager Mike Matheny's first challenge of the season.
"Perfect throw, perfect throw," Carpenter admitted. "The only chance they have
is to make two perfect throws, and they were able to do it."
The Cardinals will wrap up an 11-game road trip (5-5) Thursday before
returning home for six straight games versus Pittsburgh and Milwaukee.
New York took advantage of Wacha's wild night, as Chris Young and Lucas Duda
crossed the plate on bases-loaded walks. Duda homered and Mets starting
pitcher Jon Niese earned the win with 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball. Kyle
Farnsworth benefited from the video review and posted his second save.
The Mets are 3-3 on a 10-game homestand and will host Miami this weekend.
"You know, we've been playing well," said Niese. "I think we can always play
better. I think there's a lot of games that got away from us, and our record
could be better. I look forward to good things to come."
Bobby Abreu could get the start for the Mets Thursday and was recently called
up from Triple-A Las Vegas. Abreu, 40, was released by the rival Phillies and
the Mets took a chance on the Venezuelan.
Starting pitcher Bartolo Colon is another veteran addition to the Mets and is
off to a rocky start in his new digs. Colon, who gets the nod this afternoon,
has dropped back-to-back starts and is just 1-3 with a 5.40 earned run average
in four appearances.
Colon pitched well in a 7-5 loss to Atlanta last Saturday, as he allowed three
runs in seven innings. In his previous start on April 13 at the LA Angels of
Anaheim, Colon was ripped for nine runs and 11 hits in five innings.
The bulky right-hander has lost both of his home starts, but has enjoyed
success in his career against St.Louis, going 2-0 with a 3.75 ERA in four
The Cardinals won five of seven meetings with New York last year.
04/24 10:25:15 ET