Vargas expected to start for New York against St. Louis
St. Louis Cardinals (35-34, third in the NL Central) vs. New York Mets (34-36, third in the NL East)
Flushing, Queens; Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Cardinals: Dakota Hudson (5-3, 3.47 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 51 strikeouts) Mets: Jason Vargas (3-3, 3.68 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 40 strikeouts)
LINE: Cardinals favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 runs
BOTTOM LINE: New York and St. Louis will meet at Citi Field on Sunday.
The Mets are 20-13 in home games. The New York pitching staff averages 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings, Jacob deGrom leads them with a mark of 11.1.
The Cardinals are 15-21 on the road. St. Louis’s lineup has 86 home runs this season, Marcell Ozuna leads them with 18 homers. The Mets won the last meeting 8-7. Noah Syndergaard notched his fifth victory and J.D. Davis went 4-for-5 with a double, a home run and an RBI for New York. Michael Wacha took his third loss for St. Louis.
Ozuna leads the Cardinals with 18 home runs and has 56 RBIs. Paul DeJong is 11-for-38 with a double, four home runs and seven RBIs over the last 10 games for St. Louis.
LAST 10 GAMES: Mets: 6-4, .263 batting average, 4.20 ERA, outscored opponents by nine runs
Cardinals: 5-5, .234 batting average, 4.40 ERA, outscored by five runs
Mets Injuries: Justin Wilson: 10-day IL (elbow), Noah Syndergaard: day-to-day (hamstring strain), 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: 10-day IL (shoulder), Brett Cecil: 60-day IL (wrist/forearm), Jedd Gyorko: 10-day IL (back).