New York Mets Vs. St. Louis Cardinals (4/26/22) Starting Lineup, Betting Odds, Prediction

The New York Mets were third in the National League East with a 77-85 record in 2021.  Buck Showalter in his first season as the skipper in Queens has won over 1,500 games as a major league manager with the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers, and Baltimore Orioles.  New York’s last appearance in the playoffs was in 2016; losing at home to the San Francisco Giants in the Wild Card Game. Currently the Mets are +1000 to win the 2022 World Series.  This season New York is 12-5; the only team in Major League Baseball with 12 wins on the campaign.  In 2021 the St. Louis Cardinals were 90-72, second in the National League Central.  They lost the Wild Card Game to the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0.  The Cardinals are led by rookie skipper Oliver Marmol and are +28000 to win the championship this year; they last won the World Series in 2011.  The Cardinals have won nine of their first 14 games to begin the 2022 season. 

New York Mets Vs. St. Louis Cardinals Betting Odds

The Mets are 5-0 in their last five Tuesday games.  Under is 4-0 in New York’s last four during game two of a series.  The Mets are 4-9 in their last 13 during game two of a series.   New York has played five series this season and have won all five.  The Cardinals are 5-0 in their last five Tuesday games.  St. Louis are 4-0 in their last four during game two of a series.  The Cardinals are 7-1 in their last eight games vs. a team with a winning percentage above .600.

New York Mets Starting Lineup

LF Jeff McNeil L
RF Starling Marte R
SS Francisco Lindor S
1B Pete Alonso R
3B Eduardo Escobar S
2B Robinson Cano L
DH Dominic Smith L
CF Travis Jankowski L
C James McCann R

New York Mets Vs. Jordan Hicks (R)

In his third year in the big leagues, Pete Alonso smashed 37 home runs, drove in 97 runs, hit a career high .262 with an OPS of .863 in 2021.  The Mets first baseman is averaging 46 home runs and 109 RBI with a .542 slugging percentage in a full 162 game schedule. To start the 2022 season, Alonso is second in the National League in runs batted in with 16.  He’s added three home runs with 29 total bases and an OPS of .730.  The New York slugger is +2200 to win his first National League MVP award. 

In his first season with the Mets last year, Francisco Lindor hit .230 with 20 home runs, 63 runs batted in, 73 runs scored and an OPS of .734.  The second year, Met enters the 2022 season with 1,000 career hits and a .278 lifetime batting average.  The New York shortstop is batting .313 to start the new season (20-64).  He leads the club in home runs with four and has driven in 12 runs with 36 total bases for an OPS of .970.  Lindor is listed at +1000 to win the National League MVP award.  Jeff McNeil is a lifetime .299 career hitter, hit .251 in 2021.  He hit seven home runs, knocked in 51 runs with an on base percentage .319 in 386 at-bats.  McNeil is hitting .302 (16-53) to begin the season.  New York’s number one has hit a home run, driven in seven runs with 23 total bases for an OPS of .807 in 2022.  Eduardo Escobar in his first season with New York is hitting .250 with seven doubles, one home run, five runs batted in with an OPS of .856.

Starling Marte entering his first season as New York Met, hit .310 with 12 home runs and 55 runs batted in playing for the Marlins and Athletics last season.  Overall Marte had 42 extra base hits and an OPS of .841.  The outfielder is second on New York in runs batted in with 13 this season.  He’s hitting .254 with two home runs and has an OPS of .700 in 2022.  Mark Canha in his first year with the Mets is batting .308 in 39 at-bats this year.  The outfielder has driven in six runs, scored three runs and has an OPS of .694 in 2022.

Jordan Hicks has appeared in three games for St. Louis starting one ballgame going 1-1 with an ERA of 1.29.  He’s struck out eight batters in seven innings while allowing one earned run with a WHIP of 1.0.  In four seasons in the big leagues, Hicks is 6-7 with an ERA of 3.50 in 123 1/3 innings pitched.

St. Louis Cardinals Starting Lineup

RF Daniel Carlson S
1B Paul Goldschmidt R
LF Tyler O’Neill R
3B Nolan Arenado R
DH Corey Dickerson L
SS Paul DeJong R
CF Harrison Bader R
C Yadier Molina R
2B Tommy Edman S

St. Louis Cardinals Vs. Chris Bassitt (R)

Albert Pujols back with the Cardinals in his final season at age 42, is hitting .269 in 26 at-bats with two home runs and four runs batted in.  The two-time World Series champion with St. Louis is a career .297 hitter with 681 home runs and 2,154 runs batted in. 

Third baseman Nolan Arenado is second in the National League in hitting with a .364 batting average, tied for third in home runs with five and fourth in runs batted in with 14.  He’s tied for the Major League Baseball lead with a .727 slugging percentage in 2022.  Last season, Arenado hit .245 with 25 home runs, 79 runs batted in with a .472 slugging percentage against right-handed pitching.  Nolan Arenado is +1600 to win his first National League MVP award.  Second baseman Tommy Edman is hitting .313 in 48 at-bats this season.  He’s second on the club in home runs with three and tied for second on the Cardinals in runs batted in with eight.  Additionally, he has 27 total bases with an OPS of .963 in 2022.  In 534 plate appearances last season against righties, Edman hit .261 with a .665 OPS. 

Tyler O’Neill has a home run, eight runs batted in (second on the team) with a .623 OPS.  Last season, the outfielder hit .286 with 27 home runs and 66 runs batted in against right-handed pitching.  Harrison Bader has 10 hits in his first 44 at-bats this year.  Additionally, he’s scored six runs, hit three doubles, and driven in two runs in 2022.  In 326 plate appearances against righties last season, he hit .273 with 12 home runs.

In three starts this season, Chris Bassitt acquired from the Oakland Athletics is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA for the New York Mets.  He’s struck out 20 batters in 18 innings while allowing six earned runs with a .944 WHIP.  Bassitt was 12-4 in 27 starts for the Athletics in 2021 with an ERA of 3.15, leading the American League in win-loss percentage at .750.  Additionally in 157 1/3 innings he struck out 159 hitters with a WHIP of 1.055.  Bassitt is currently listed at +3500 win the National League Cy Young award.

New York Mets Vs. St. Louis Cardinals Picks & Prediction

The Mets are 11-30 in their last 41 games vs. a team with a winning record.  Over is 3-1-1 in New York’s last five Tuesday games.  Under is 17-8-2 in the Mets last 27 road games.  New York is scoring 4.8 runs per game, eighth in Major League Baseball with a team batting average of .256.  The Cardinals are 35-16 in their last 51 games overall.  Under is 7-3-1 in Cardinals last 11 Tuesday games.  St. Louis is 22-7 in their last 29 games vs. a right-handed starter.  Offensively the Cardinals are scoring 4.43 runs per game and hitting .239 as a team in 2022.  I like the road team Mets to win this game by over 1.5 runs and for the teams to combine for over seven runs. 

Scott is graduate of Hofstra University and has worked in the sports media for over 20 years as a Producer and Writer. His dream is to see the New York Jets one day hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife and two children.

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