Tonight at 7:10 PM CST, the Cardinals (37-32) open up a three game set against the New York Mets (31-38) at Busch Stadium. The Mets are coming off a series victory against the Padres, though they are just 3-7 in their last ten games overall. The Cardinals will look to continue their strong run against the NL East following their three game sweep of the Nationals yesterday. Overall, the Cardinals are now 10-7 against the NL East this year but lost 3 out of 4 to the Mets when they played at Citi Field in April.
Carlos Martinez (0-3, 4.67 ERA) gets the ball for the Cards as Adam Wainwright was scratched due to tendinitis. He is expected to only miss the one start. Martinez, who has been limited solely to the bullpen this year, will get his first start since August 8, 2013. Martinez last worked on June 11, giving up 2 ER on 2 hits in an inning and a third of work, though he did strike out three in that outing.
Jacob deGrom (0-3, 3.44 ERA) gets the start for the Mets as he continues to fill in for the disabled Dillon Gee. DeGrom owns a 3.44 ERA and 7.9 strikeouts per nine through his first six big-league starts, though he has struggled of late. In his last two starts, he has allowed seven runs over ten and two-thirds innings to the tune of a 5.91 ERA.
Jacob deGrom has so far showed a bit of trouble with the long ball, giving up 5 homers in just 36.2 innings so far. Though the Cards are bottom of the league in home runs, deGrom could be just the pitcher against whom to fix what ails them. Add to that Matt Adams’ recent power surge, and look for the Cards to take advantage tomorrow. The Mets’ bullpen is also a bit thin because they had to get eight innings out of their bullpen yesterday. It is not out of the question that they add an extra reliever today before the game, but the Cardinals should try to get deep into that bullpen and wear them down even further.