(BaseballStL) — The Cardinal offense is having it’s ups and downs of late, while the pitching has been on a roll.
For certain Cardinal hitters, times are good. Yadier Molina is in the midst of an 11-game hitting streak, while Matt Adams is riding six consecutive games.
The big first baseman has only four games without a hit, and nine multi-hit games. Jon Jay, who had seemingly been transitioned to the role of fourth outfielder, has a six game streak of his own. He’s now hitting .297 with seven RBIs and one homer in 37 at bats.
The Mets will counter with Jenrry Mejia, a 24-year-old with 14 career starts dating back to 2010. His 2014 record is strong, as he began 2-0 in three starts. However he’s only thrown 16 innings, and has posted a 1.43 WHIP with 12 hits and 22 walks. He has struck out 18 of the 71 batters he’s faced and allowed only five earned runs.
Mejia does most of his damage with a cutter, throwing it 65.9 percent of all pitches. He throws it 81 percent of the time to start off righties, and 90 percent of the time when they’re ahead in the count.
It’s his two-strike pitch to both types of batters, making it something he throws early and often. Mejia does throw a curve, but only when he’s ahead in the count and only about 20 percent of the time.
He usually doesn’t last long, only going seven innings once in his career. His first start of 2014 hit six innings, but his two most recent starts have been five.
In his previous match ups with St. Louis, Mejia held the Cardinals scoreless in three innings over two relief appearances in 2010.
Molina has a hit off him, as well as Mark Ellis.