Mets-Cards rained out; twin bill Wednesday

May 5th, 2021

The Cardinals needed to do a shuffle in order to get their starting pitcher up for Tuesday’s originally scheduled tilt against the Mets, but Mother Nature had other ideas.

Johan Oviedo will now start the second game of a straight doubleheader that’s set to start at 4:15 p.m. CT from Busch Stadium on Wednesday, with Kwang Hyun Kim leapfrogging him to start Game 1.

Wednesday will mark the Cardinals’ first doubleheader of the season, with each game set for seven innings apiece. The Mets, meanwhile, will be facing their third in just over a month.

For St. Louis, it’s an unexpected respite in a stretch that was scheduled to be 17 consecutive days without a day off.

Tickets for Tuesday’s game will not be valid for the single-admission doubleheader. Fans who purchased tickets directly from the Cardinals for Tuesday's contest will receive a credit that the original ticket purchaser may use during the 2021 regular season. Additional Cardinals ticket policy details are available online at

The Cardinals were originally set to face superstar Jacob deGrom on Tuesday, but the ace was scratched due to inflammation in his right lat. St. Louis, for its part, had Nolan Arenado out of the starting lineup on Tuesday for his first off-day of the season. Now he -- as well as Tyler O’Neill -- still got that refresher without losing a game played.

The Cards, for now, will also trudge forward without Jordan Hicks in tow, as the right-hander has been shut down with elbow inflammation as the club plans to get a second opinion. Placing him on the injured list allowed the club to recall Oviedo less than the 10 days since he was last optioned to the Minors; now each club will be able to add a 27th man to the roster for Wednesday.