Ponce de Leon expected to start for the Cardinals against Mets

Ponce de Leon expected to start for the Cardinals against Mets
The New York Mets host the St. Louis Cardinals for a doubleheader Friday. (SOURCE: KFVS)

St. Louis Cardinals (33-33, third in the NL Central) vs. New York Mets (33-34, third in the NL East)

Flushing, Queens; Friday, 7 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Cardinals: Daniel Ponce de Leon (0-0, 1.80 ERA, .80 WHIP, 7 strikeouts) Mets: Steven Matz (5-4, 3.88 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 66 strikeouts)

LINE: Mets favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The New York Mets host the St. Louis Cardinals for a doubleheader Friday.

The Mets are 19-11 on their home turf. New York is averaging 4.6 RBIs per game this season. Pete Alonso leads the team with 49 total runs batted in.

The Cardinals are 13-20 on the road. St. Louis's lineup has 80 home runs this season, Marcell Ozuna leads them with 18 homers. The Cardinals won the last meeting 6-4. Dakota Hudson earned his first victory and Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for St. Louis. Noah Syndergaard took his second loss for New York.

TOP PERFORMERS: Alonso leads the Mets with 49 RBIs and is batting .254. Todd Frazier is 8-for-30 with a double, three home runs and nine RBIs over the last 10 games for New York.

Ozuna leads the Cardinals with 18 home runs and has 55 RBIs. Harrison Bader is 6-for-30 with two doubles, a triple, two home runs and five RBIs over the last 10 games for St. Louis.

LAST 10 GAMES: Mets: 5-5, .259 batting average, 4.48 ERA

Cardinals: 5-5, .218 batting average, 3.77 ERA, outscored by eight runs

Mets Injuries: Justin Wilson: 10-day IL (elbow), Drew Smith: 60-day IL (elbow), Luis Avilan: 10-day IL (elbow), Brandon Nimmo: 10-day IL (neck), Yoenis Cespedes: 60-day IL (heels), Jed Lowrie: 60-day IL (knee), Robinson Cano: 10-day IL (quad).

Cardinals Injuries: Adam Wainwright: 10-day IL (hamstring), Mike Mayers: 10-day IL (shoulder), Ryan Helsley: 10-day IL (shoulder), Brett Cecil: 60-day IL (wrist/forearm), Jedd Gyorko: 10-day IL (back).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by HERO Sports, and data from Sportradar.