The Mets (33-34, 5.5 GB in NL East) open a four-game series against the Cardinals (33-33, 5.0 GB in NL Central) Thursday night from Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.
For the first time since April 14 and April 26, the Mets' battery will consist of Jacob deGrom and Wilson Ramos. Ramos is batting .379 with six homers, 17 RBI and a 1.023 OPS over his last 26 games. ... In his last 16 contests, Dom Smith is 16-for-39 with three jacks, four doubles and four walks. He'll start in left field and bat cleanup Thursday. ... Michael Conforto has reached base in eight consecutive contests and is batting .300 in that span. ... The Mets are 13-3 in their last 16 home games.
|Jeff McNeil, 2B||Matt Carpenter, 3B|
|Michael Conforto, RF||Paul DeJong, SS|
|Pete Alonso, 1B||Paul Goldschmidt, 1B|
|Dom Smith, LF||Marcell Ozuna, LF|
|Todd Frazier, 3B||José Martínez, RF|
|Wilson Ramos, C||Yadier Molina, C|
|Amed Rosario, SS||Kolten Wong, 2B|
|Carlos Gomez, CF||Harrison Bader, CF|
|Jacob deGrom, RHP||Jack Flaherty, RHP|
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Who is starting for the Mets?
RHP Jacob deGrom (3-6, 3.45 ERA), who is quietly regaining his form, albeit not quite to the level from his dominant, Cy Young-winning campaign a year ago. He has a 2.72 ERA over his last eight starts and is 4-2 during his career against the Cardinals.
Who is starting for the Cardinals?
RHP Jack Flaherty (4-3, 4.08 ERA), who followed a strong string of starts in May by surrendering four runs without a strikeout in 3 2/3 innings against the Cubs in his first outing of this month.
Daniel Ponce de Leon gets the ball for the Cardinals opposite Mets starter Steven Matz. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.