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New York Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals Pick & Prediction MAY 6TH 2021

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Taijuan Walker allowed one hit in seven innings to pitch the visiting New York Mets past the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 Thursday.

Walker (2-1) retired the last 18 batters he faced. He struck out eight and walked nobody as the Mets earned a split of the four-game series.

Trevor May retired the Cardinals in order in the eighth and Edwin Diaz got in and out of trouble in the ninth to earn his fourth save.

The Mets drew 11 walks, including three with the bases loaded. But they kept the game close by leaving 17 runners on base.

Slumping shortstop Francisco Lindor drew three walks and a single to break his 0-for-26 slump.

Cardinals starting pitcher John Gant (2-3) walked six batters and allowed five hits in his 4 1/3 innings, but he escaped with just one earned run allowed.

The Cardinals struck first. Nolan Arenado led off the second inning with a single. Paul DeJong hit a grounder to third and Jonathan Villar's throwing error put runners on the corners. Harrison Bader's sacrifice fly put the Cardinals up 1-0.

The Mets stranded eight runners in the first four innings and left the bases loaded in the third inning.

They finally broke through to take a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning. With one out, Pete Alonso reached on Arenado's throwing error at third base.

Then Gant walked Dominic Smith, Kevin Pillar and Villar to force in the tying run. Kodi Whitley relieved Gant and walked James McCann for another run.

But Whitley struck out Walker and retired Jeff McNeil on a groundout to leave the bases loaded again.

The Mets doubled their lead to 4-1 in the eighth inning. Reliever Tyler Webb walked the first two batters of the inning, then allowed Michael Conforto's broken bat single.

Jake Woodford came in to walk Alonso to force in a run. Smith followed with a RBI single, but once again the Mets left the bases loaded.

Tommy Edman and Dylan Carlson hit one-out singles in the bottom of the ninth, but Diaz slammed the door, retiring Paul Goldschmidt and Arenado.

--Field Level Media

The St. Louis Cardinals will host the New York Mets for the third time within 24 hours Thursday afternoon.

"It can be a little bit of a drag, but we're professionals," Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong said after the teams split a doubleheader of seven-inning games Wednesday.

The Cardinals won the first game 4-1 and the Mets won the nightcap 7-2.

This condensed action created personnel challenges for both teams. Luis Rojas hoped to keep Brandon Nimmo off the injured list, but the outfielder still struggled to swing the bat and the Mets manager didn't want to keep playing short a player.

So Nimmo went on the 10-day IL between games Wednesday with a bruised left index finger. "We did a test very close to the start of Game 1 and found that he wasn't available to go in," Rojas said. "He still feels he's not able to hit."

Rojas rested slumping shortstop Francisco Lindor in Game 2, but he expects to put him back in the lineup Thursday. Lindor is batting .157 this season.

"It still is really early in the year, and this is a guy that's always figured out how to hit," new Mets hitting coach Hugh Quattlebaum said. "He's trying to feel some things out that have worked in the past."

Mets right-hander Taijuan Walker (1-1, 3.00 ERA) will start the finale of the four-game series at Busch Stadium. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt will counter with righty John Gant (2-2, 2.16 ERA).

"We have looked at it, you know, bigger picture," Shildt said Wednesday night. "We know Walker is going tomorrow. We know what that looks like. We got our catching situation set up. And then we'll adjust and adapt from there as we go and gather information. Obviously, we'll manage the bullpen accordingly.

"The day off allowed a little bit of reset button for the regulars and the bullpen."

In his previous outing, Walker allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings in a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. But prior to that he threw seven innings in a 4-0 shutout of the Washington Nationals.

Along the way Walker gained more confidence in his curveball.

"I've been (throwing) a lot of fastballs, changeups and sliders," he said. "The goal is to just keep throwing (curveballs) more, continue to get more confidence. It seems like I've been using it late, which is good. They haven't seen it all game. As the season goes on, I'll use it more and more."

Walker is 0-1 with a 3.50 ERA in three career starts against the Cardinals. Nolan Arenado (3-for-12, two walks, double, three RBIs), Paul DeJong (1-for-6, walk, RBI) and Matt Carpenter (0-for-5, four walks) are the three hitters who have seen the most of Walker.

Gant has allowed two earned runs or fewer in four of his five starts. But he has worked deeper than five innings just once.

In his last outing on Friday, Gant got the decision in a 7-3 road victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. He walked five batters in his five innings but allowed just one run and three hits.

"I think each game is a little different," Gant said after that game. "Going out there with slightly different stuff every night. Tonight didn't have a whole lot working for me. Too many free passes, straight up."

Gant is 3-0 with a 0.87 ERA in seven career appearances against the Mets, including two starts.

--Field Level Media

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Last Injuries

St. Louis Cardinals

  • Yadier Molina

    Mid May | 10-day IL

    Molina has been assigned to the 10-day injured list with a right foot strain, and he be sidelined until at least the middle of May.

  • Jordan Hicks

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Hicks has wound up the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation, and he is without a definitive timetable for return.

  • Dylan Carlson

    Prob Thurs | probable

    Carlson is managing a right shin contusion, but he is expected to face the Mets on Thursday.

  • Miles Mikolas

    Mid May | 10-day IL

    Mikolas has been moved to the 10-day injured list with a flexor tendon strain, and he is not projected to make his season debut until the middle of May.

  • Dylan Carlson

    Out Wed | out

    Carlson was removed from the last game with a right shin contusion, and he will not suit up for Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader versus the Mets.

  • Daniel Ponce de Leon

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Ponce de Leon has been shuttled to the 10-day injured list due to right shoulder inflammation, and it remains to be seen when he will return.

  • Adam Wainwright

    Out indefinitely | COVID-19 IL

    Wainwright has been designated for the COVID-19 injured list, and it is unknown how long he will be debilitated.

  • Andrew Miller

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Miller has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right toe blister, and there is no timetable for recovery.

New York Mets

  • Jacob deGrom

    Ques Sun | questionable

    deGrom missed his last game with right lat inflammation, and it is unknown if he will be available for his next scheduled start against the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

  • Carlos Carrasco

    Late May | 60-day IL

    Carrasco has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with a high-grade hamstring tear, and he is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

  • J.D. Davis

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Davis has been shuttled to the 10-day injured list with a left hand sprain, and it is unclear when he will be available.

  • Brandon Nimmo

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Nimmo has wound up on the 10-day injured list with a left index finger contusion, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Seth Lugo

    Late May | 10-day IL

    Lugo has hit the 10-day injured list recovering from surgery to remove a bone spur in his right elbow, and he is expected to be sidelined until the latter part of May.

  • Noah Syndergaard

    Mid June | 60-day IL

    Syndergaard has wound up on the 60-day injured list while recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, and he is likely to be out of commission until sometime in June.

  • Travis d'Arnaud

    Out indefinitely | 60-day IL

    d'Arnaud has been placed on the 60-day injured list with a left thumb sprain, and it is unknown when he will be cleared to return.

  • Edwin Diaz

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Diaz missed the last two contests due to back tightness, and it is unclear if he will be available Thursday versus the Cardinals.