St. Louis Cardinals(11-8) _New York Mets (9-9)
Lyons: Lyons fills the rotation spot that was Joe Kelly's until a hamstring injury landed Kelly on the DL. Lyons will be the first lefty to make a start for the Cardinals in 2014. He last pitched Wednesday and allowed one run on five hits in seven innings.Mejia: The Mets will watch Mejia closely vs. the Cardinals, considering he left his last start after five shutout innings when a blister popped off his right middle finger. Mejia spent his time between starts receiving significant treatment on the finger.
Wainwright: Wainwright threw a two-hit shutout Thursday to become the 16th pitcher in Major League history to open a season with four straight starts of seven innings and seven strikeouts. He had his cutter working to give him four effective pitches.Gee: In Gee's third start of the season, Mets manager Terry Collins did not give him a chance to melt down late. Instead, Collins removed Gee after seven scoreless innings and 72 pitches, meaning he should be well-rested for Tuesday's outing.
Wacha: Wacha took the loss Friday, in part due to sloppy defense. He allowed one earned run in seven efficient innings (93 pitches) despite three errors behind him. His cutter continues to emerge as a weapon alongside his changeup, fastball and curveball.Niese: Niese was the tough-luck loser in his last Friday night after pitching an excellent 6 innings allowing only 4 hits and 1 run with 7 strikeouts against the Braves.
Lynn: Lynn became the Majors' first four-game winner and has allowed one run in his last two starts. He seems past his first-inning troubles after altering his pregame routine, and Lynn said his command last time out was the best it's been this year._________________________________________________Colon: Colon is coming off a quality start, but his own error on Freeman's grounder in his last start was the key moment in the game, and the Mets never quite recovered even after a 9th inning comeback.
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