Series: Game 4 of 4

NY Mets won 3-1

Game 1: Monday, April 21
St. Louis0Final
NY Mets2
Game 2: Tuesday, April 22
St. Louis3Final
NY Mets0
Game 3: Wednesday, April 23
St. Louis2Final
NY Mets3
Game 4: Thursday, April 24
St. Louis1Final
NY Mets4

Cardinals 1

(12-11, 8-9 away)

Mets 4

(12-10, 6-7 home)

    Coverage:  SNNY

    1:10 PM ET, April 24, 2014

    Citi Field, New York, New York 

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    W: B. Colon (2-3)

    L: L. Lynn (4-1)

    S: D. Matsuzaka (1)

    Cardinals-Mets Preview


    Lance Lynn is making a habit out of getting off to impressive starts for the St. Louis Cardinals.

    With a little help from his teammates, Bartolo Colon could be doing the same for the New York Mets.

    Lynn looks to become the first in the majors to register five wins Thursday as the Cardinals attempt to beat Colon for the first time and salvage a split of this four-game set at Citi Field.

    Lynn is 4-0 with a 3.42 ERA in his first four outings after winning his first five decisions last season and first six starts in 2012.

    He's allowed one run and struck out 16 in 12 2/3 innings over his past two starts, including Saturday's 4-3 win at Washington in which he gave up a solo homer before being pulled with two outs in the sixth.

    "I'm not going to lie to you, my stuff was better than it's been all year," said Lynn, who helped himself with an RBI double. "That's the disappointing thing about the way the game finished for me."

    Lynn may feel the same way about going 0-1 in two appearances -- one start -- at Citi Field. He's given up four runs with six walks while hitting a batter in 6 1/3 innings.

    The right-hander earned a 6-3 home victory in his lone meeting with the Mets last year, battling through a career-high 124 pitches while surrendering three runs with five walks in seven innings May 13.

    While Lynn's 38 wins over the past four seasons are the most for the Cardinals (12-10), he's been aided by an average of 6.25 runs of support in his starts -- the highest for any starter in baseball over that stretch.

    Colon (1-3, 5.40) hasn't been afforded the same luxury with New York (11-10).

    The right-hander is getting an average of 2.88 runs over his four outings, and he's been backed by four total runs in his three defeats.

    Colon got one run Saturday while allowing three in seven innings of a 7-5 loss to Atlanta.

    He's 2-0 with a 3.75 ERA in four starts against St. Louis, allowing one run in eight innings of a 6-1 victory June 28 while with Oakland.

    A similar outing may be needed since the Mets' bats are scuffling despite winning three of four games. They've hit .175 with nine runs over that stretch, getting four hits in Wednesday's 3-2 win after another four-hit performance in a 3-0 loss Tuesday.

    Curtis Granderson is batting .125 for New York, and his first-inning single Wednesday snapped a career-worst hitless stretch of 22 at-bats. It also helped increase his average at home to .104.

    Despite going 1 for 9 in this series, Granderson has a .407 career average against St. Louis in the regular season.

    While the Mets are trying to solve their offensive issues, Yadier Molina is pacing the Cardinals with a .429 average during a 14-game hitting streak, matching his career high set May 1-22, 2007.

    The catcher has six hits in this series after getting three -- two doubles -- Wednesday, but he's come up empty in four at-bats against Colon.

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    Gameday Matchup

     St. LouisNew York
    Current StreakW1W2
    Last 106-46-4

    Pitching Matchup

    St. LouisNew York
    L. Lynn
    15-10, 2.74 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 at ARI
    6.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = ND
    B. Colon
    15-13, 4.09 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 vs HOU
    6.0 IP, 3 ER
    Dec = Win

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.St. LouisNew York
    1. M. Carpenter, 3B E. Young Jr., LF
    2. J. Jay, CF D. Murphy, 2B
    3. M. Holliday, LF D. Wright, 3B
    4. M. Adams, 1B L. Duda, 1B
    5. A. Craig, RF C. Young, CF
    6. D. Descalso, SS B. Abreu, RF
    7. K. Wong, 2B A. Recker, C
    8. T. Cruz, C R. Tejada, SS
    9. L. Lynn, P B. Colon, P

    Research Notes

    Bartolo Colon is throwing fastballs a league-leading 88.6 percent of the time (11.5 percentage points more than the pitcher behind him). Matt Adams is fifth in MLB with a .442 BA against fastballs this year, although he has yet to hit a home run against the pitch.

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