- Despite allowing baserunners in every inning and serving up Matt Wieters’ first career home run, Redding escaped with a no-decision in 5 1/3 innings last Wednesday in Baltimore. It was the worst outing of the month for a pitcher who had produced a 2.77 ERA in his previous two starts. Redding’s next outing comes against the Cardinals, a team that tagged him for six runs in 5 2/3 innings in a start last season. Redding hasn’t beaten the Cardinals since 2004.
- New York has a 5.48 ERA in its last 16 games, losing 10. The Mets used seven pitchers against Tampa Bay on Sunday, giving up 17 hits in a 10-6 loss. Redding struggled in his last outing, allowing four runs and seven hits while walking four in 5 1-3 innings of a 6-4 loss to Baltimore on Wednesday. The right-hander is 2-5 with a 5.69 ERA in 12 career starts against the Cardinals, and hasnâ€™t beaten them since May 2004 while with Houston.
- New York slugger David Wright, who is 7 for 10 (.700) against Wellemeyer, had three hits Sunday to end a 1-for-17 slump. The third baseman is batting an NL-best .349 this season and .462 (18 for 39) in his last nine games against the Cardinals.
- As we all know by now… It’s official. Carlos Beltran has landed on the DL with right knee trouble.Â An MRI showed a worsened bone bruise.Â Fernando Martinez is returning. Pat Misch and Elmer Dessens also replace Ken Takahashi and Wilson Valdez. Beltran’s injury leaves only David Wright from the core of Carlos Delgado, Jose Reyes and Beltran. All this per Adam Rubin
- Against the New York Mets in April, Albert Pujols had one of his many outstanding series this season. None of those performances, however, came close to matching his effort this past weekend. After a stellar finish to a three-day interleague matchup, Pujols looks to continue his success against the Mets as the St. Louis Cardinals travel to Citi Field to open a four-game set Monday night.
- Pujols is making a strong case to land his second straight NL MVP award and third overall, and results like those on Sunday can only help. He had two homers and six RBIs to lead St. Louis (39-31) to a 12-5 win at Kansas City, finishing off a dominating series in his return to the town where he went to high school.
- Pujols had two homers in St. Louisâ€™ 12-8 win over New York (34-33) on April 23, leading a three-game sweep for the Cardinals. He finished that series 6 for 11 (.545) with two homers, seven RBIs and five runs, and is batting .565 (13 for 23) with four homers and 11 RBIs in his last five games versus the Mets.
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