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Monday, April 21, 2014

Preview: Game 19 - St.Louis Cardinals (11-8) vs New York Mets (9-9) - Lyons (0-0) vs Mejia (2-0)

Preview: Game 19
St. Louis Cardinals (11-8) vs New York Mets (9-9)
Pitching Probables - Tyler Lyons (0-0) 0.00 ERA vs Jenrry Mejia (2-0) 2.81 ERA
TV - WPIX 11 - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7:10PM


Making the start for the Cardinals (11-8) Monday will be Tyler Lyons (0-0, 0.00 ERA), who is being recalled from Triple-A Memphis to fill the spot created due to Joe Kelly's hamstring injury. Lyons, a left-hander, went 2-4 with a 4.75 ERA in 12 games (eight starts) -- as a rookie for the Cardinals in 2013 and is 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA in three starts for Memphis this year. The Mets have never faced Lyons..

But Lyons will have to try to slow down David Wright, who is hitting .380 with eight RBIs during an 11-game hitting streak for the Mets (9-9) after going 4 for 6 in Sunday's 4-3, 14-inning victory against Atlanta. Wright is also batting .452 over his last eight games versus St. Louis. Daniel Murphy is hitting .450 over his last 10 games versus St. Louis.

New York gives the nod to Jenrry Mejia (2-0, 2.81), who has enjoyed a surprisingly successful start to the season after entering with a 2-6 record and 4.53 ERA in 11 career starts. A torn blister on his finger caused him to leave Tuesday's 9-0 win at Arizona after five shutout innings, though it isn't expected to be a serious concern.

Mejia threw three scoreless innings against the Cardinals over two relief appearances in 2010.

Yadier Molina is hitting .400 during an 11-game hitting streak, while Matt Adams and Jon Jay are a combined 18 for 45 (.400) while hitting safely in each of the team's last six games.

The Cardinals took five of seven between the teams last year and have won eight of the last 11.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Allen Craig10000000.
Mark Ellis31000000.333.333.333.667
Yadier Molina21000000.500.500.5001.000
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