- Hernandez he would have beaten the Orioles last Thursday if not for a blown save, and he still has not lost any of his last 10 starts, dating back to April 23 — and that from a pitcher who wasn’t even projected to make the Opening Day rotation. He is not walking batters — just 2.5 per nine innings — and he is stranding men on base. With runners in scoring position, opponents are batting just .183 off Hernandez this season. He’ll look to continue that trend against the Cardinals, a team that thumped him for seven runs in 4 1/3 innings earlier this year.
- Livan Hernandez seeks some redemption of his own Tuesday when he faces a Cardinals club that handed him his only loss of the season. Hernandez is 2-0 with a 3.55 ERA in four starts at home.
- Though Carlos Delgado (hip) and Jose Reyes (calf) are also on the disabled list, New York is still batting an NL-best .279. HernandezÂ has been a beneficiary of this – he is among the league leaders, receiving 5.65 runs per start. The right-hander is 4-0 with a 3.39 ERA in 10 starts since a 12-8 loss at St. Louis on April 23 when he yielded seven runs and nine hits over 4 1-3 innings.
- The NL Central-leading Cardinals go for their first win at the Metsâ€™ new ballpark with Joel Pineiro on the mound. The veteran right-hander, though, has lost his last five starts and eight of his last nine. Pineiro pitched well in Thursdayâ€™s 6-3 loss to Detroit, but he gave up four runsâ€”one earnedâ€”in the first inning.
- Pineiro had to be carried off the field by teammates after the seventh inning due to severe cramping. Heâ€™s 2-0 with a 3.96 ERA in four career starts against the Mets, including a eight-inning effort April 22 when St. Louis won 5-2. After batting .500 with three homers and 10 RBIs in a three-game sweep at Kansas City over the weekend, reigning NL player of the week Albert Pujols went 1 for 4 on Monday. He hit two homers off Hernandez on April 23, and leads the major leagues with 26.
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