Mets–Cardinals is one of the best intra-divisional rivalries in baseball, and this year, they’re both battling for their respective top spots. Johan Santana’s back on the beam, and the Mets are sure to benefit from the return of Carlos Beltran, one of the best all-around players in the game. Meanwhile, look for Albert Pujols, baseball’s best hitter this decade, to battle with the Mets’ David Wright for the National League lead in RBIs. If you can’t make it out to Citi Field, try watching the game at Third and Long (523 Third Avenue at 35th Street, 212-447-5111). For the Tuesday game, it’s Mug Night with $2 domestic/draft mugs and $1 Bud/Bud Light Mugs all night—a good bit cheaper than at the stadium! You can bring your own food or order in from a variety of local restaurants.

Tue., July 27, 7:10 p.m.; Wed., July 28, 7:10 p.m.; Thu., July 29, 12:10 p.m., 2010