National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, May 15th
(All times Eastern)
New York Mets (14-22) at St. Louis Cardinals (25-13) 8:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Shaun Marcum (0-3, 8.59)
St. Louis - Shelby Miller (5-2, 1.58)
(Sports Network) - Shelby Miller has been a pleasant surprise for the St.
Louis Cardinals this season and looks to build on his last start Wednesday in
the third test of a four-game series versus the New York Mets.
In a 3-0 win over Colorado on Friday, the young Miller allowed a leadoff hit
and settled down to retire the next 27 batters. The impressive performance was
highlighted by 13 strikeouts and Miller notched the first shutout of his
career, while improving to 5-2 in seven starts with a 1.58 earned run average.
"This was definitely the best game I've ever thrown," Miller said of his one-
hitter. "This was a start I'll remember for the rest of my life."
Miller, a right-hander, seeks a repeat performance against a Mets team he has
faced once in relief. He has allowed one run in his last two starts (15
innings) and is 2-1 in three home outings this season.
Cardinals hurler John Gast made his major league debut in Tuesday's 10-4
drubbing of the Mets, sending the visitors to their fifth straight loss. Gast
did allow four runs and six hits in six innings, but benefited from a deluge
of runs to win. Mets manager Terry Collins noticed Gast's potential.
"Obviously his command was outstanding with all his pitches," Collins said.
"He worked both sides of the plate with his fastball, used his change-up very
Carlos Beltran went 3-for-5 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored to
lead the Cardinals, who have won the first two portions of this series and 11
of their last 13 games.
"Right now I just feel good at the plate," said Beltran, who is batting .333
with four homers, nine RBI and 16 hits in his last 11 games. "I'm just seeing
the baseball and not thinking about anything, just reacting to what I'm
Jon Jay homered and Allen Craig added two hits and a pair of runs driven in.
The Cardinals are 2 1/2 games ahead of Cincinnati for the Central lead and
have a 4-1 record so far on this 10-game homestand. The Cards and Mets will
close out the set Thursday afternoon.
New York will try to avoid losing six in a row for the second time this season
Wednesday and dropped that many from April 25-30.
In Tuesday's lopsided setback at Busch Stadium, Mets starter Dillon Gee
continued to struggle and was banged around for six runs -- five earned -- and
nine hits over four innings.
Marlon Byrd hit a two-run homer during a four-run sixth inning for the Mets.
"We've gone through a bad streak and its been two weeks long," Collins said.
"We can't sit there and hide the fact and try make something positive out of
it. We're just not hitting."
The Mets fell 6 1/2 game off the NL East lead and are winless (0-2) so far on
a seven-game road trip. They're scheduled to visit the Chicago Cubs at
historic Wrigley Field for three games later in the week.
Hoping to pitch the Mets out of their funk Wednesday will be Shaun Marcum. In
his first season with the Mets, Marcum is 0-3 in four games (3 starts) to go
along with a dreadful 8.59 earned run average. Marcum, a right-hander, was
pounded for nine hits and six runs in 4 2/3 innings of a 7-3 loss to
Pittsburgh on Friday.
Marcum has made five career starts against St. Louis, going 1-1 with a 4.65
ERA. He spent two seasons with St. Louis' division rival, the Milwaukee
Brewers, from 2011-2012.
The Mets took four of seven meetings with the Cardinals last season.
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