Tonight, the Mets begin a four-game series with the defending champion Cardinals.
The Cardinals have been continuing on last year’s success, and are currently second in the NL Central at 27-24. Despite losing Albert Pujols to the Angels this offseason, the lineup hasn’t missed a beat. They are second in the majors in runs, batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. The offense has been led by newcomer Carlos Beltran, who will be returning to Citi Field tonight for the first time. Beltran has been raking lately, hitting .326 with ten homers in May alone.
The pitching staff has also held their own, with Lance Lynn surprising everyone this season, starting 8-1. The Cards are 13th in baseball in ERA, 14th in WHIP, and ninth in quality starts.
Here are the pitching matchups for the series:
Game 1: Tonight 7:10
Game 2: Saturday 4:10
R.A. Dickey (7-1, 3.06 ERA) vs. Lance Lynn (8-1, 2.54 ERA)
Game 3: Sunday 8:05
Game 4: Monday 1:10
– John Franco will be inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame before Sunday night’s game, which will be an ESPN game as well (that’s new!).
–It’s great to see Carlos Beltran still playing well, even if it’s for a team in the same league. ..