NEW YORK (BaseballStL) – Coming off arguably his best start this season, Johan Santana faces Adam Wainwright, who has put together back-to-back strong outings, in the series opener Friday night.
Santana allowed only four hits in a complete game shutout against the San Diego Padres on May 26 and searches to carve-up a potent Cardinals offense that exploded for 27 runs in its last four games. In his career, the lefty has been solid against the Cardinals compiling a 2-0 record with a 3.44 earned run average in five starts.
Wainwright will take the mound for the Cardinals in place of Jaime Garcia, who is suffering from elbow discomfort, against a Mets team that has dropped two of its last three games. The right-hander has allowed only one earned run in 15 innings pitched in his last two starts and looks to continue the success against a team that has dominated him. In his career, Wainwright has allowed 12 earned runs in 16 innings pitched against the Mets.