(AP) -- Although Adam Wainwright is in position to win a career best-tying fifth consecutive start, he's lost four in a row to the New York Mets.
He also figures to face stiff competition from counterpart Matt Harvey, who appears to be good to go following last week's injury scare.
Wainwright takes the mound opposite the unbeaten Harvey as the visiting St. Louis Cardinals conclude a three-game set with the Mets on Thursday, weather permitting.
Leading the majors with a 13.0 strikeout-to-walk ratio - more than twice as high as the next guy - Wainwright (9-3, 2.34 ERA) has struck out 28 and issued two free passes during a four-start winning streak since losing to the Mets last month. He turned in another superb effort Friday, giving up two runs and seven hits over seven innings during a 9-2 win at Cincinnati.
"I think it's just another way of mixing things up and being the complete pitcher," Wainwright, who kept switching his mechanics, told MLB's official website. "As long as you...