St. Louis Cardinals (33-33, third in the NL Central) vs. New York Mets (33-34, third in the NL East)
Flushing, Queens; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Cardinals: Jack Flaherty (4-3, 4.08 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 73 strikeouts) Mets: Jacob deGrom (3-6, 3.45 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 94 strikeouts)
LINE: Mets favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 7 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: New York and St. Louis will square off at Citi Field Thursday.
The Mets are 19-11 on their home turf. The New York pitching staff averages 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings, Jacob deGrom leads them with a mark of 11.2.
The Cardinals are 13-20 on the road. St. Louis hitters have posted a team on-base percentage of .322 this season, led by Dexter Fowler with a mark of .362. This is the first meeting of the season for these two teams.
LAST 10 GAMES: Mets: 5-5, .259 batting average, 4.48 ERA
Cardinals: 5-5, .218 batting average, 3.77 ERA, outscored by eight runs
Mets Injuries: Justin Wilson: 10-day IL (elbow), Drew Smith: 60-day IL (elbow), Luis Avilan: 10-day IL (elbow), Brandon Nimmo: 10-day IL (neck), Yoenis Cespedes: 60-day IL (heels), Jed Lowrie: 60-day IL (knee), Robinson Cano: 10-day IL (quad).
Cardinals Injuries: Adam Wainwright: 10-day IL (hamstring), Mike Mayers: 10-day IL (shoulder), Ryan Helsley: day-to-day (undisclosed), Brett Cecil: 60-day IL (wrist/forearm), Jedd Gyorko: 10-day IL (back).