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Mets ask deGrom to stop Cards at Citi Field

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After taking the first two games of this four-game series at Citi Field, the Cardinals will enter Wednesday's game against the Mets with an opportunity to climb back to .500 for the first time since June 2.

St. Louis has inched closer toward that mark with 13 wins in its last 20 games, including four victories against the sinking Mets, who have dropped eight of their last 11.

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After taking the first two games of this four-game series at Citi Field, the Cardinals will enter Wednesday's game against the Mets with an opportunity to climb back to .500 for the first time since June 2.

St. Louis has inched closer toward that mark with 13 wins in its last 20 games, including four victories against the sinking Mets, who have dropped eight of their last 11.

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However, Wednesday's starting matchup would seem to favor the Mets, as they'll be sending top starter, Jacob deGrom, to the mound to face Mike Leake. deGrom is 6-0 with a 1.53 ERA over his last six starts. Over those 47 innings, he has struck out 47 and walked just nine.

In his most recent outing, deGrom recorded eight of his 11 strikeouts with his four-seam fastball, the second time he has racked up that many strikeouts with that pitch this season. Chris Sale of the Red Sox and Robbie Ray of the D-backs are the only other pitchers with more than one such game in 2017.

Ranked among the National League's ERA leaders at the end of May, Leake has won just one of his last nine starts. He has a 4.56 ERA during that stretch and gave up two runs over five innings in his first start out of the All-Star break.

Things to know about this game

• Cards first baseman Matt Carpenter has reached base safely in 21 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NL. If he extends that streak on Wednesday, it will be the longest on-base streak for a Cardinals player this season.

• Mets infielder Jose Reyes has been on a recent tear, as he's tallied at least two hits seven times in 12 July games. Reyes has become the Mets' everyday shortstop with Asdrubal Cabrera shifting to second base.

• Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong has been a nemesis to New York all month. In five games against the Mets, he's hit four home runs, five doubles and driven in six.

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter, and Facebook.

New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, Jacob deGrom, Mike Leake