The Mets (34-36, 6.5 GB in NL East) look to split their four-game set with the Cardinals (35-34, 3.5 GB in NL Central) on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field.
The Mets are 30-34 all-time on Father's Day. ... Although the superficial numbers may not indicate such, Michael Conforto continues to be a steady presence in the Mets' lineup. He's sixth among NL outfielders in fWAR and he's hitting .286 during an 11-game on-base streak. ... J.D. Davis is coming off a career-best four-hit night. His 1.038 OPS at home this season ranks behind only Conforto among Mets. ... Robinson Canó returns to New York's lineup after landing back on the IL on June 6 to fully rehab from a left quad injury.
|Matt Carpenter, 1B||Dominic Smith, LF|
|Paul DeJong, SS||J.D. Davis, 3B|
|Paul Goldschmidt, 1B||Michael Conforto, RF|
|José Martinez, LF||Pete Alonso, 1B|
|Dexter Fowler, RF||Robinson Canó, 2B|
|Yadier Molina, C||Adeiny Hechavarría, SS|
|Harrison Bader, CF||Juan Lagares, CF|
|Kolten Wong, 2B||Tomas Nido, C|
|Dakota Hudson, RHP||Jason Vargas, LHP|
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Who is starting for the Mets?
LHP Jason Vargas (3-3, 3.68 ERA), who has established himself -- as unlikely as it may seem -- as the Mets' most consistent starter over the last two months. Opponents have posted a .215 average against him over his last eight outings, in which he owns a 2.20 ERA. Dating back to last year, the southpaw is 8-4 with a 2.84 ERA over his last 18 starts.
Who is starting for the Cardinals?
RHP Dakota Hudson (5-3, 3.47 ERA), who has delivered six consecutive quality starts. The Cardinals have won the last five times he's taken the mound.
The Mets continue a grind in their schedule -- 18 consecutive game -- by beginning a three-game series in Atlanta on Monday with Zack Wheeler on the mound.