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Cardinals need series win at New York to boost second-half push

NEW YORK — The New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals are both trying to convince themselves they are still in the playoff race. By Thursday night, the task likely will have become much harder for at least one of the teams.

The Mets and Cardinals will look to keep their flickering postseason hopes alive — and put a serious damper on the other’s chances — during a four-game series at Citi Field that begins Monday night.

In the opener, New York’s Zack Wheeler (3-6, 4.86 ERA) is scheduled to oppose St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright (10-5, 5.