Cardinals' Wainwright brings long road winning streak into series opener against the Mets
Mon, Sep 13th 10:58am EDT
The Cardinals are small -110 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Though the St. Louis Cardinals had to travel to Citi Field for this series opener against the New York Mets, they benefit from the fact that the Mets are coming off a late Sunday Night baseball game that capped an emotional and grueling series against their crosstown rivals. This game has enormous wild card implications, with both teams within 3.5 of the second National League wild card spot. Wainwright (15-7, 2.98) has saved his best baseball for the postseason run, as he is 8-1 with a 1.93 ERA in his last nine starts. He has allowed one earned run in his previous 21.1 innings on the road and has a better winning percentage on the road than at home this season. The 40-year old has proven he can still throw an effective fastball, as opposing hitters are batting just .196 against it, which ranks third among all pitchers with at least 70 innings pitched. Wainwright has held current Mets hitters to a .171 OBA and .267 slugging percentage in 116 combined plate appearances in his career. Wainwright is opposed by one of the only pitchers in the league older than him, Rich Hill. Since coming over to New York from Tampa Bay, Hill (6-6, 3.82) has not won any of his eight starts (nine appearances). St. Louis has won their last six road games against left-handed starting pitchers. In addition, the Cardinals are 4-1 in their previous five meetings against the Mets are 7-3 in their last ten.