The aftershock of Monday night’s firings of hitting coach Chili Davis and assistant hitting coach Tom Slater has mostly subsided for the New York Mets (12-13), who got back into action yesterday after a rainout on Tuesday. The Mets split a doubleheader with the St. Louis Cardinals (18-13) and will look to secure a series split in the finale this afternoon. First pitch for today’s matinee affair is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. at Busch Stadium.
The Mets will send right-hander Taijuan Walker (1-1, 3.00 ERA) to the mound today. Walker had his issues against the Philadelphia Phillies last Saturday, giving up four runs in six innings of work, but was not a factor in the decision. The Mets ended up winning that game 5-4 when Michael Conforto delivered a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning. The Cardinals will counter with former Mets farmhand John Gant (2-2, 3.16 ERA). Gant picked up his second straight win last Friday, giving up one run in five innings to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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- Walker is 0-1 with a 3.50 ERA in three career starts against the Cardinals.
- Gant is 3-0 with a 0.87 ERA in seven career appearances, including two starts, against the Mets.
- Francisco Lindor is back in the Mets’ lineup after getting the nightcap of the doubleheader off trying to snap an 0-for-24 slump. Lindor will start at shortstop and bat second.
- Nolan Arenado is 3 for 12 with a double and three RBI’s against Walker.
- This is the final game of the Mets’ seven-game road trip. The Mets are 3-3 over the first six games.