Thanks gentlemen, Bartolo Colon will take it from here. In the second half of a two-for-one with the St. Louis Cardinals, the 43-year-old All-Star makes his 20th start of the season for the New York Mets. He will be opposed by lefty Jaime Garcia, who enters Tuesday's second game with a 7-6 record and 3.98 ERA.
For their part, the Mets will attempt to recover a half-game lead on St. Louis in the NL wildcard standings that was lost after Game 1. They will need a far better performance from their offense if that is to happen. Since an MLB rule allows teams to call up a 26th man for the second game of a double-header, 27-year-old relief pitcher Josh Smoker has the chance to make his Major League debut.
|Tuesday, July 26||vs. St. Louis||Game 2||SNY||710 WOR, ESPN Deportes 1050 (Sp.)|
|ST. LOUIS CARDINALS||NEW YORK METS|
|Greg Garcia - 3B||Juan Lagares - CF|
|Aledmys Diaz - SS||Asdrubal Cabrera - SS|
|Matt Holliday - LF||Yoenis Cespedes - LF|
|Jedd Gyorko - 1B||Wilmer Flores - 3B|
|Tommy Pham - CF||Neil Walker - 2B|
|Randal Grichuk - RF||James Loney - 1B|
|Kolten Wong - 2B||Travis d'Arnaud - C|
|Alberto Rosario - C||Alejandro De Aza - RF|
|Jaime Garcia - LHP||Bartolo Colon - RHP|