St Louis Cardinals at New York Mets Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 4/20/2014
Monday, April 21, 7:10 PM on FSMW, WPIX
Citi Field, Flushing, New York
St Louis - Lyons, T (0-0) vs. New York - Mejia, J (2-0)
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A hamstring injury to Joe Kelly means Tyler Lyons (0-0) gets his first start of the year as St. Louis takes on Jenrry Mejia (2-0) and the Mets. Lyons made 8 starts in his debut major league season a year ago, going 2-4 with a 4.75 ERA. Lyons did not face the Mets in any of his 12 appearances last year and no New York player has ever batted against the 26-year-old left hander.
Lyons has made three starts for the Cardinals AAA affiliate Memphis this year, going 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA. He's struck out 18 batters in 19 innings relying mostly on a 4-seam fastball thrown over 1/3 of the time.
The Mets will keep a watchful eye on Jenrry Mejia after he left his last outing with a blister on his throwing hand. Prior to the early exit Mejia had pitched 5 innings of 2-hit shutout ball against the Diamondbacks and was still able to earn his second win of the year. The 24-year-old is 2-0 with a 2.81 ERA, allowing just 1 ER in his first start of the year but 2 HR and 4 runs in outing number 2.
Mejia did not make a start against St. Louis in 2013 but has two career relief appearances. He has pitched 3 total innings allowing 4 hits but only 3 Cardinals remain on the roster who have seen Mejia.
St Louis Betting Trends
St Louis is 8-8-2 against the Over/Under
Run differential for St Louis is +0.7
New York Betting Trends
New York is 9-5-3 against the Over/Under
Run differential for New York is -0.5
Injuries to Watch
04/20/14 LF Matt Holliday Rest questionable
04/17/14 P Joe Kelly Hamstring 15-day DL (4/17)
03/30/14 P Jaime Garcia Shoulder 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 P Jason Motte Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
04/18/14 P Jenrry Mejia Finger questionable for next scheduled start
04/15/14 CF Juan Lagares Hamstring 15-day DL (4/14)
04/01/14 P Bobby Parnell Elbow 15-day DL (4/1), out for season
03/28/14 P Matt Harvey Elbow 60-day DL (3/30), out for season
Tony's Pick: Take St. Louis
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