Thursday lineup vs. Cards; Bay out

Jason Bay (hamstring tightness) is out of the lineup this afternoon. Manager Terry Collins had intimated Wednesday night that he was going to give Bay, who is 4 for his last 37 (.108), the day off.

Bay said he originally tweaked his hamstring Saturday, when he stepped on Ryan Howard's foot while running to first base during a victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Here's the lineup for today's 12:10 p.m. game as the Mets attempt a sweep of the Cardinals and Carlos Beltran likely plays his final home game in Flushing:

Jose Reyes, ss

Justin Turner, 2b

Carlos Beltran, rf

Daniel Murphy, 3b

Angel Pagan, cf

Lucas Duda, 1b

Ronny Paulino, c

Jason Pridie, lf

Jon Niese, lhp