Cardinals: Lohse takes the hill
Kyle Lohse gets the start for the Cardinals on Tuesday, after going 8-6 with a 3.32 ERA in the first half of the season. In eight career starts against the Mets, he is 2-3 with a 5.85 ERA but winless (0-3) in New York.
After going 1-for-4 with a solo home run on Sunday, outfielder Lance Berkman has recorded a hit or a run in each of his last three games.
Mets: Gee meets Cards for first time
Dillon Gee, who has never faced the Cardinals, takes the hill on Tuesday in the series opener. He was hit hard by the Dodgers in his final start of the first half, surrendering six runs (five earned) on five hits and a walk in 5 2/3 frames. He struck out just two. Gee has not won since June 26.
Carlos Beltran has missed three straight games because of a stomach virus, but Collins said he expects the outfielder to return Tuesday.Worth noting
New York's Daniel Murphy has recorded at least one hit in 19 of his last 22 games. Tuesday will be the first of six meetings between the two teams this season. The Mets have hit a home run in three of their last five games, and a total of nine in their last 10 contests.