New York Mets starters have not allowed a run against the St.
Louis Cardinals through three games in this series.
Dillon Gee’s last three games haven’t been too bad, either.
Gee is next in line for the Mets on Monday as they try for the
franchise’s first four-game home sweep of the Cardinals, who have
lost five straight and are hoping starter Kyle Lohse can earn his
first win in Queens.
Mets starters have been the story of this series, most notably
when Johan Santana threw the franchise’s first no-hitter in
Friday’s 8-0 rout.
R.A. Dickey followed that up by striking out nine and scattering
seven hits in Saturday’s 5-0 victory, and Jonathon Niese struck out
a career-high 10 over six innings before leaving with an elevated
heart rate in Sunday’s 6-1 win.
Mets starters are 7-0 with a 1.38 ERA and three shutouts over
the club’s last nine games.
“That’s what you want,” manager Terry Collins said. “You really
want guys when they are pitching good to compete with each
“(Monday) I want Dillon to stand up and say, ‘I’m going to do
that. I’m going to do that same thing because those guys have been
doing that.’ When you do that, you can have a pretty dynamic staff,
especially with the guys we have because they can all pitch.”
Gee (4-3, 4.69 ERA) is 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA in his last three
outings, yielding two runs over 6 2-3 innings Wednesday in a 10-6
loss to Philadelphia.
The right-hander pitched well in his lone career start against
the Cardinals, giving up two runs over seven innings July 19 as he
earned a 4-2 victory.
He was matched up with Lohse (5-1, 3.36) in that contest, and
the two will meet again Monday. Lohse gave up four runs over 5 2-3
innings in that defeat.
The right-hander fell to 0-4 with a 9.39 ERA in five road starts
against the Mets, including 0-2 with a 9.72 ERA in two at Citi
Field – the only current NL stadium where he has never won.
Lohse has not received a decision in his last four outings after
allowing five runs in five innings Wednesday in a 10-7 loss at
David Wright, among the majors’ batting leaders with a .363
average, is 9 for 19 with two homers against Lohse.
St. Louis (27-27) has dropped into third place in the NL Central
after hitting .160 with 31 strikeouts in this series. The
Cardinals, who still lead the NL with a .275 average, are enduring
their longest slide since a seven-game skid June 10-17, 2011.
“It’s just one of those runs,” manager Mike Matheny said. “The
only way to get out of it is to work.”
New York (31-23) is in a virtual tie for the NL East lead with
Washington and Miami. Those teams are idle Monday so the Mets can
take sole possession of first.
“They should be very proud of where they are. They’ve played
very hard, and they’ve come through in big games,” Collins
For the Cardinals, Carlos Beltran has had a quiet return to New
York by going 2 for 13.
The Mets last swept four from St. Louis at the old Busch Stadium
from April 24-27, 1986.