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Cardinals Return Home To Host The New York Mets, Jaime Garcia Vs. Jonathan Niese

The last Jaime Garcia faced the Mets was July 26, starter for the night game of the double-header at Citi Field.
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The St. Louis Cardinals return home from a nine game road trip, 6-3, with the best road record (38-24) in the MLB. At home, they are still five games below .500 (28-33). They are hosting the New York Mets, who look to take advantage of the Cardinals less powerful play on their home field, Busch Stadium. The Cardinals, sitting second in the Wild Card race, will look to keep the Mets four games behind them. Cardinals last home stand, they were 3-3 against the Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds. In the past 10 seasons, the Mets hold the edge (61-51) over the Cardinals. Their last series, Cardinals, 2-1, took the series "on the road".  No one really can put a finger on as to 'why' the Cardinals have not played well at Busch Stadium this season; but, hopefully we will see the beginning of more wins as they have been playing stronger in this second half of the season. 

Cardinals Jaime Garcia (10-8/4.11 ERA) is 6-5/3.18 ERA at home. J Garcia is 6-5/3.18 ERA at home. The last he faced the Mets was at Citi Field, the night game of the doubleheader. He went 5 IP/2 ER with four strikeouts in the Cardinals loss. He has held the Mets to a .268 average; but the last he faced them at Busch Stadium was September 4, 2012. He did put up 7.1 scoreless innings four years ago. Lefties have hit the Cardinals left-hander with a .270 BA, while he has held righthanded batters to a .256 average. His last start against the Houston Astros, he did get through five innings, 3 HR/5 ER but the offense came through with a 8-5 win. 

He will face Mets Jonathan Niese (8-7/5.30 ERA) who will face the Cardinals with the Mets. He was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates at the non-waiver trade deadline this season. Niese is 5-4/4.52 in his road games. The last he faced St. Louis at Busch Stadium was July 19, going 7.2 scoreless innings, issuing one walk and had three strikeouts with the Pirates. However, Cardinals past history against him, they hold a .314 BA.  Lefties have hit him .298 BA, as from the right, a .295. His last start, facing the Arizona Diamondbacks, he only saw 4.2 IP while allowing 2 HR/4 ER. 

GAME ONE OF THE THREE GAME SERIES, FIRST PITCH AT 7:15 CST

Once again, this could prove to be quite the pitching match-up; or, the offense will have a great day firing bullets out of Busch Stadium. The Cardinals last game against the Philadelphia Phillies they had their 50 game with home runs, and their tenth game with four homers, a franchise record. The Mets come to Busch with two wins over the San Francisco Giants to split their four game series. The Cardinals have the ability and the power at the plate to continue getting the wins. However, getting them at home needs to be proven. 

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