Mets Open Up Three Game Set Against Cardinals

Greg JansenCorrespondent IJuly 25, 2008

After coming off of a series win against the Philadelphia Phillies at home, the Mets welcome the St. Louis Cardinals to Shea Stadium for three games.

The Mets took two from the Phillies after a bullpen collapse on Tuesday night.  Three pitchers gave up runs in the ninth inning of Tuesday's game, but the Mets bounced back Wednesday with help from a three-run home run by Jose Reyes.  Carlos Delgado's two-run double in the eighth gave the Mets a 3-1 win on Thursday afternoon.

With Thursday's win, the Mets have won 13 of their last 16 games, and have taken sole possession of first place, moving ahead of the Phillies by one game and the Florida Marlins by two games.

The Cardinals are 4-4 since the All-Star break.  They swept San Diego in a four-game series, then were swept by NL Central division rival Milwaukee in four games.  They are now in third place, three games behind the Brewers and four behind the Chicago Cubs.

This three-game series with the Cardinals will be the last at Shea until August 5, when the Mets host San Diego.  They will go to Florida for three games and Houston for three games before a travel day back to New York.

Mike Pelfrey, who has not lost in his last ten starts (6-0, 2.70 ERA during the unbeaten streak, 8-6, 3.81 overall), will take the mound Friday against Mitchell Boggs (3-1, 6.59) for the Cardinals. 

The Mets starter for Saturday's game is expected to be Brandon Knight, who will be making his first major league start.  He will match up against Joel Pineiro (3-4, 4.52).  Sunday's matinee is lined up to be a pitcher's duel, with Mets' ace Johan Santana (8-7, 3.05) on the hill against Cardinals' Kyle Lohse (12-2, 3.35).