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Preview: Mets (51-56) at Cardinals (56-50)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 1
Venue: Busch Stadium
Date: May 13, 2013 7:05 PM EDT
  

The pitching matchup seems to heavily favor the St. Louis Cardinals in Monday night's opener of a four-game home set against the New York Mets.

The Cardinals have won the last six regular-season home starts by Lance Lynn while the Mets have yet to win when Jeremy Hefner has been on the mound.

Making matters worse for New York, Lynn (5-1, 2.72 ERA) has never dropped back-to-back starts in his career. His 10-game regular-season win streak ended Tuesday as he gave up two runs over seven innings in a 2-1 road defeat to the Cubs.

"That's the fun part - and the (not-so-fun) part - about this game," Lynn told the Cardinals' official web site. "You can pitch well and lose and pitch bad and win."

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Lynn has posted a 1.93 ERA during his six-game win streak in the regular season at Busch Stadium. The right-hander dropped his lone career start against the Mets last June 2, yielding three runs over 4 2-3 innings in a 5-0 loss.

New York (14-20) has lost all seven games - including six starts - when Hefner (0-4, 4.63) has pitched in 2013. He yielded three runs over 15 innings in consecutive starts before allowing four over six Wednesday in a 6-3 loss to the White Sox.

"It's very frustrating. The bottom line is I'm tired of losing," Hefner said.

The right-hander, who has never faced the Cardinals, owns one of the majors' worst run-support averages at 2.57.

The Mets totaled 14 runs on a 2-4 homestand capped by Sunday's 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh. They batted .216 in those games, left 42 runners on base and were 7 for 40 with runners in scoring position.

"You talk about how we're snake bit, but that's just part of the game," manager Terry Collins said. "What's the next thing that's going to keep us from having a big game? But we won two games on this homestand by getting a couple of big hits. We've just got to start hitting with guys in scoring position like we did early and we did last year in the first half."

Desperate for any difference makers offensively, New York on Monday signed Rick Ankiel to a one-year deal and promptly inserted him into the lineup. Ankiel, who was designated for assignment by the Houston Astros last week and cleared waivers Sunday, will bat seventh and play center field.

"We're hoping he helps us out,' Collins said. "Obviously, he's a great defensive outfielder. Makeup off the charts.'

Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda and John Buck are probably all happy to hit the road after that trio combined to go 6 for 56 on the homestand. All three have higher averages on the road than at home, with Murphy at .327, Duda at .308 and Buck at .250.

St. Louis (23-13) has won nine of 11 although it also endured similar woes to New York at the plate last week in leaving 44 runners on base over five games. The Cardinals won three of those contests, with Shelby Miller and Adam Wainwright pitching shutouts over the weekend against Colorado.

Yadier Molina went 0 for 3 in Sunday's 8-2 loss to the Rockies, ending his 11-game hitting streak in which he batted .476.

New York went 4-3 against St. Louis last year. The Cardinals have taken nine of 12 home meetings over the previous four years.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Mets at Cardinals
Mon, May 13 Final 3 to 6
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Mets at Cardinals
Tue, May 14 Final 4 to 10
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Mets at Cardinals
Wed, May 15 Final 2 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 4
Mets at Cardinals
Thu, May 16 Final 5 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 NYM  +180   -125   8 
 STL  -200   +105   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 NYM  +175   -120   8 
 STL  -205   +100   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 NYM  12%   13%   71% 
 STL  88%   87%   29% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Mar 29, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 2 Under: 9 
 NYM 7 Cover: +100 
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 Mar 26, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 11 Cover: +100 
 NYM 4 Over: 15 
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 Mar 21, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 3 Cover: +100 
 NYM 2 Over: 5 
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 Mar 18, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 3 Cover: +115 
 STL 2 Over: 5 
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 Mar 10, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 3 Cover: +115 
 STL 0 Over: 3 
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 Feb 27, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 12 Cover: +100 
 NYM 4 Over: 16 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Monday, May 13
 
    Yankees at Indians
12:05 PM EDT
    Yankees at Indians
3:05 PM EDT
    Astros at Tigers
7:05 PM EDT
    Brewers at Pirates
7:05 PM EDT
    Mets at Cardinals
7:05 PM EDT
    Rockies at Cubs
8:05 PM EDT
    White Sox at Twins
8:10 PM EDT
    Braves at Diamondbacks
9:40 PM EDT
    Royals at Angels
10:05 PM EDT
    Rangers at Athletics
10:05 PM EDT
    Nationals at Dodgers
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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