In the first of a three-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals (66-57) and the New York Mets (62-62) at Busch Stadium, Jaime Garcia (10-8, 4.11 ERA) and Jonathon Niese (8-7, 5.30 ERA) get the ball. The game starts at 8:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 23 and will air on FSMW and SNY.
In his last start, Garcia pitched 5.0 innings, allowing five runs, striking out two and walking three in an 8-5 victory over the Astros. Brandon Moss (.262, 52 Rs, 23 HRs, 56 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 Sunday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. The Mets were unsuccessful the last time Niese pitched. He did not do well, pitching 4.2 innings, allowing four runs, striking out six and walking two in a 13-5 loss to the Diamondbacks. Yoenis Cespedes (.293, 52 Rs, 25 HRs, 64 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 Sunday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
St. Louis won its last game in a shutout, its eighth of the season. New York has been shut out nine times this season.
The Cardinals are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Mets have a 7-18 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Cardinals are 14-50. The Mets have an 18-47 record when opponents outhit them.
New York ranks in the top 10 of the league at seventh when it comes to home runs, hitting 162 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top five with 173.
Ranking 15th, New York is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 374 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 415.
When the Cardinals hit at least one home run, they are 54-36, well-matched with the Mets who are 53-34 when hitting one or more homers.