Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Three Game Series Preview at Shea: Cardinals at New York Mets

When the New York Mets open up the three game series at Shea Stadium against major league baseballs' best, the Saint Louis Cardinals, it will include two ball clubs that seemingly seem to be heading into completely opposite directions.

The Mets swept their interleague and in-state rival New York Yankees in a four game series just a little over a week ago, they have now proceeded to lose six of their last seven ball games and look like a complete mess at the moment. Five of the six losses came to the hands of defeat to the Miami Marlins, who are currently one of the worst teams in baseball' record wise -- and also seen their team ace Matt Harvey having to leave his last start with tightness in the lower side of his back and is listed as doubtful for the series finale on Thursday afternoon.

The last time these two teams met, in which the Cardinals won three of four games in the series, have since made a few moves and have shuffled their lineup quite a few times to try getting some successful results. New York, who signed former Cardinal' Rick Ankiel the day of the first game of the two teams' opening series this season, cut him after a short stint in which he hit hit seven home runs but batted a lowly .188, while striking out 60 times in just 128 at-bats.

Entering the opener tonight, the Cardinals still hold the MLB's best record at 41-22; while the Mets enter in on a slide as they own an overall record of 23-35. Here is a sneak peak at the pitching matchups for all three games of this week's series:

Game 1: Tuesday, June 11th: (STL) Michael Wacha (0-0, 5.40 ERA) vs. (NYM) Jeremy Hefner (1-5, 4.36 ERA)
Game 2: Wednesday, June 12th: (STL) Shelby Miller (7-3, 1.91 ERA) vs. (NYM) Dillon Gee (4-6. 5.20 ERA)
Game 3: Thursday, June 13th: (STL) Adam Wainwright (9-3, 2.34 ERA) vs. (NYM) Matt Harvey (5-0, 2.10 ERA)**

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