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St. Louis at NY Mets
When: 1:10 PM ET, Sunday, June 16, 2019
Where: Citi Field, New York City, New York

The New York Mets seemingly have to sweat it out every time they go to the bullpen, but they managed to grab one win on Saturday. The Mets will try to keep things out of the hands of the beleaguered relief corps when they go for a split of a four-game series while hosting the St. Louis Cardinals in the series finale on Sunday.

New York, which leads the majors with 16 blown saves and watched Edwin Diaz blow the save in the series opener before Jeurys Familia took his turn with a blown save in Friday's 9-5 setback, nearly squandered a five-run advantage on Saturday. The Mets' bullpen did not lock down the 8-7 victory until Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty, who entered the game as a pinch runner, was thrown out at the plate to end the contest. St. Louis won four of five before falling on Saturday and is getting strong performances from center fielder Dexter Fowler, who is 3-for-7 with two home runs, six RBIs and three runs scored in the last two contests. New York will try to get as many innings as possible out of left-hander Jason Vargas on Sunday, while the Cardinals go for the series win behind righty Dakota Hudson.

TV: 1:10 p.m. FS Midwest (St. Louis), WPIX (New York)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Dakota Hudson (5-3, 3.47 ERA) vs. Mets LH Jason Vargas (3-3, 3.68)

Hudson is riding a hot streak with quality starts in each of his last six appearances and has held the opposition to one earned run in each of his last three turns. The 24-year-old completed a career-high seven innings at Miami on Tuesday, allowing one run on four hits and a pair of walks while striking out six to earn the win. Hudson faced the Mets at home on April 21 and surrendered three runs - all on solo homers - in five innings and struck out five to pick up a win.

Vargas is cruising of late and coming off back-to-back wins after holding the New York Yankees to three runs and seven hits in six innings on Tuesday. The 36-year-old has surrendered three or fewer runs in each of his last eight outings and one or no runs in six of those eight, including a shutout of the San Francisco Giants on June 5. Vargas' run began when he started at St. Louis on April 19 and allowed one run on three hits across four frames.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Mets acquired RHP Brooks Pounders from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for cash considerations on Saturday.

2. St. Louis SS Paul DeJong is 6-for-14 with two home runs, four RBIs and three runs scored in the series.

3. New York 2B Robinson Cano (quad), who is eligible to come off the 10-day injured on Sunday, worked out in front of team officials on Saturday.

PREDICTION: Cardinals 5, Mets 4
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
St. Louis 35-34 L1 20-13 15-21 13-12 15-17 5-2 2-3
NY Mets 34-36 W1 20-13 14-23 18-13 5-11 7-9 4-3
Last Meeting
St. Louis NY Mets
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
6/15/19 STL 7 NYM 8 .343 1 .890 .294 2 .920
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
St. Louis J. Martinez .444 8 1.357
NY Mets P. Alonso .391 9 1.370
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
St. Louis J. Martinez 2 6 7
NY Mets P. Alonso 3 7 6
Pitching ERA Avg K
St. Louis 4.00 .279 54
NY Mets 5.94 .227 41
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
St. Louis P. DeJong .277 71 .860
NY Mets J. McNeil .335 70 .865
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
St. Louis M. Ozuna 18 49 56
NY Mets P. Alonso 23 43 53
Pitching ERA Avg K
St. Louis 4.31 .247 589
NY Mets 4.63 .249 647