The Official St. Louis Cardinals vs The New York Mets thread

Discussion in 'Baseball' started by Vegito728, May 16, 2006.

  1. Vegito728

    Vegito728 Registered Member

    Alright here's where I will review the entire Mets vs Cardinals series.


    Pitching matchup
    NYM: LHP Tom Glavine (5-2, 2.19 ERA)
    Helped by 7.59 strikeouts per nine innings (his best mark since 1994), Glavine has crafted a 2.19 ERA, currently fourth in the National League. Since last July 31, Glavine has formulated a NL-best 2.11 ERA in 136 2/3 innings. He hasn't faced the Redbirds in 2006.

    STL: RHP Jeff Suppan (4-2, 4.27 ERA)
    Effectively mixing a fastball, curve and slider, Suppan struck out seven batters in five innings against the Rockies in his last start. He lost two of his first three starts before rebounding with four straight victories.

    Player to watch
    Scott Rolen is batting .360 (18-for-50) with two homers and seven RBIs against Glavine. Helped by 14 walks, Rolen has a .500 on-base percentage.
     

  2. Vegito728

    Vegito728 Registered Member

    Alright here's my review of game 1.


    The way the rest of the New York Mets saw it, Tom Glavine was due for a break.

    Glavine won his fourth straight start after Paul Lo Duca's RBI double snapped a seventh-inning tie in the Mets' 8-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night. Teammates pointed to other victories that he should have had.


    The matchup between teams with the NL's top two records was delayed 1 hour, 41 minutes by rain in the middle of the seventh. The Mets tacked on four runs to a one-run lead in the eighth, aided by Albert Pujols' throwing error and Pujols' scary-looking slip on the plastic on-deck logo while chasing a foul pop, and only a few thousand of a sellout crowd of 39,616 stuck around for the finish.

    Glavine (6-2) was unable to hold a three-run lead, allowing the Cardinals to tie it with two in the fifth and one in the sixth. Lo Duca came to the rescue with his double off Jeff Suppan (4-3), his second go-ahead hit in the first seven games of a nine-game trip.


    Glavine, 40, is tied for the league lead in victories after going 13-13 last year.


    Lo Duca had a game-winning homer at Milwaukee on Saturday, and has five RBI on the trip.


    Hector Luna and Gary Bennett each had two hits and an RBI for the Cardinals, who lost for just the fifth time in 20 games against the Mets since 2003.

    Pujols committed his second error of the season, and second in two games, in the eighth when he tried unsuccessfully to outrace Xavier Nady to first on a sacrifice. Having lost the race, he made an errant toss to second baseman Luna who had been waiting at the bag, and David Wright scored from second on the play.

    Jose Reyes ended up with a run-scoring single for his third RBI after Pujols' slip while trying to get a ball either he or Bennett, the catcher, could have caught, and Carlos Beltran added an RBI single.

    Jeff Suppan, who had won his previous four starts, gave up four runs on six hits in 6 2-3 innings. He entered the game 3-0 with a 1.55 ERA against the Mets in five career starts, but three of the four batters he walked ended up scoring.


    Glavine, who entered the game batting .500, walked with one out in the third and scored when Reyes hit an 0-1 pitch from Suppan over the center-field wall.

    The Mets manufactured another run in the fourth on Wright's one-out walk, a groundout and Nady's two-out RBI single.

    The bottom of the order helped the Cardinals get back into it. Luna, the No. 8 hitter, had an RBI double, then barely beat the relay from Nady in right on David Eckstein's sacrifice fly that cut the gap to 3-2 in the fifth.

    Bennett, the seventh-place hitter, tied it at 3 with a two-out single in the sixth.

    And here are some game notes
    Glavine has 2,397 strikeouts, one ahead of Koufax, and is four behind Dennis Eckersley. ... Luna made an outstanding play at second in the fifth, ranging far to his right and bouncing a one-hop throw to first to nip Reyes. ... Reyes was picked off in the first but stole his 14th base without a throw in the seventh. ... The Cardinals are 16-7 at new Busch Stadium, all of the games sellouts.
     
  3. Vegito728

    Vegito728 Registered Member

    Alright here's a preview of tomorrow's game.


    Pitching matchup
    NYM: RHP Steve Trachsel (2-3, 4.91 ERA)
    Trachsel has not won since an April 25 start against San Francisco. Since then, he has allowed 12 earned runs in 13 2/3 innings, earning two losses and a no-decision. In his last start, he pitched well enough to win, but lost 2-0 to the Phillies in a game that was called in the fifth because of rain. Trachsel is 9-8 with a 4.50 ERA against the Cardinals.

    STL: LHP Mark Mulder (4-1, 4.27 ERA)
    Mulder has been solid at Busch Stadium this season. The lefty is 3-0 at the new park with a 3.38 ERA. He has allowed 13 runs over 34 2/3 innings. Mulder went six innings in his last start, a 5-3 win over the Diamondbacks in which he picked up his fourth victory. He allowed two runs on six hits and struck out a season-high six batters in that win, while walking two.

    Player to watch
    Xavier Nady has three hits in three career at-bats against Mulder, and that fits right in for him. Nady's a lifetime .322 hitter against left-handed pitching.
     
  4. Vegito728

    Vegito728 Registered Member

    Alright here's my review of game 2.


    Matching zeros with the Mets' Steve Trachsel, Mark Mulder found his stride.

    Mulder threw 8 1-3 scoreless innings and Jason Isringhausen worked out of a jam in the ninth to preserve the St. Louis Cardinals' 1-0 victory over New York on Wednesday night.


    Mulder (5-1) won his third straight start and had two of the Cardinals' four hits in seven innings against Trachsel, with singles in the fifth and seventh. Scott Rolen doubled in a run in the sixth inning.

    Mulder departed after the Mets loaded the bases with one out in the ninth. With speedster Jose Reyes at third, Isringhausen struck out David Wright, then got Cliff Floyd to ground out to first for his 12th save in 14 chances.


    Rolen was only 4-for-28 in the first eight games of a nine-game homestand before his two-out double to the gap in left-center off Trachsel (2-4) broke up a scoreless game. Albert Pujols drew a one-out walk and scored without a play to give him 40 runs in the first 40 games.


    Pujols, who was 0-for-3 a day after taking a nasty spill while chasing a foul pop that landed him flat on his back, is the first player to reach that run total so quickly since Floyd and Todd Helton in 2001. Pujols wore a guard on his left leg after a fouling a ball off his shin in another mishap on Tuesday.

    The Cardinals are 16-5 against the Mets the last four seasons and they're 17-7 at new Busch Stadium, rebounding after losing the last two.


    Wright had his second straight two-hit game for the Mets off Mulder, who struck out five and walked two. The Mets threatened in the fifth with runners on first and third with one out, started by Wright's leadoff double, but Kaz Matsui popped out and Trachsel flied out to center on a 3-2 pitch after being ahead 3-0 in the count.

    Mulder worked past the sixth for the first time in four starts this month and is 4-0 at home with a 2.72 ERA. He leads left-handers with 53 victories the last four seasons, one more than the Twins' Johan Santana.

    This was only his second start without giving up a homer. He's given up eight to tie for the staff high with Jason Marquis.


    Trachsel allowed one run and four hits in his longest outing of the year. Trachsel, who struck out two and walked three, has lost three of his last four starts.

    The Mets haven't scored a run for him the last two games, also losing 2-0 in a rain-shortened five-inning game May 11 at Philadelphia.

    And here are some game notes
    Trachsel retired the side in order in the first inning for the first time all season, then followed with a perfect second. He had no perfect innings in his three previous starts. ... Trachsel is 9-9 for his career against the Cardinals, but hasn't beaten them since Sept. 22, 1999, when he was with the Cubs. ... Mulder has four career two-hit games and is 5-for-18 (.278) this season after batting .145 last year. ... The Cardinals' last 1-0 victory was April 23, 2005, in 10 innings, with Mulder outdueling the Astros' Roger Clemens. The Mets last 1-0 defeat was Sept. 19, 2004, at Pittsburgh, one of three 1-0 losses that season.
     
  5. Vegito728

    Vegito728 Registered Member

    Okay here's a preview of tomorrow's rubber game.


    Pitching matchup
    NYM: RHP Jose Lima (0-2, 9.31 ERA)
    This will be Lima's first appearance against the Cardinals since May 21, 2005, when he was with the Royals. He allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits in five innings, but took a no-decision in the Cardinals' 6-5 win.

    STL: RHP Jason Marquis (4-2, 4.27 ERA)
    Marquis' best pitch is a fastball that he can spot on both sides of the plate. He accomplished that in his last start, throwing his best for the first time in more than a month. The right-hander allowed one run in seven innings against Arizona.

    Player to Watch
    Albert Pujols is on an 0-for-13 skid, but he could break out of it against Lima. Pujols holds a .375 (6-for-16) average with a homer against the right-hander.
     
  6. Vegito728

    Vegito728 Registered Member

    Okay here's my review of game 3.


    A day off for Albert Pujols could not stall the St. Louis Cardinals.

    Scott Spiezio had two hits and two RBI starting in place of the NL MVP, and Jason Marquis pitched into the eighth inning for his second consecutive strong outing in a 6-3 victory over the New York Mets on Thursday.


    Eckstein had three hits and two RBI and Scott Rolen added a run-scoring single for the Cardinals, who took two of three from the NL East leaders and are 17-5 against them the last four seasons.

    Carlos Beltran hit a two-run home run and Jose Valentin had a solo shot for the Mets, who are in a 3-7 slump and have lost their last three series after beginning the season with eight series wins and two splits.

    The Mets were happy to be heading home for a three-game, high-profile interleague series at Shea Stadium against the cross-town Yankees starting Friday.



    Eckstein, the only Cardinals player who's started every game, was 3-for-4 with an RBI single in the second and an RBI double in the sixth. Spiezio, capitalizing on Pujols' second day off, had an RBI single in both the first and fifth.

    Spiezio has a lot of experience playing first base, getting regular duty for the Angels earlier in his career, but has only two starts there this season.


    Marquis (5-4) won his second straight start after losing four straight outings, allowing three runs on four hits in 7 2/3 innings with one strikeout and two walks. He's given up four runs in 14 2/3 innings the last two times out after surrendering 22 earned runs in 22 2/3 innings the previous four.

    He still had some missteps. Beltran's two-run homer in the fourth and Valentin's solo homer in the eighth gave Marquis a team-high 10 homers allowed in 56 2/3 innings.


    The Mets put runners on second and third with one out in the ninth against Jason Isringhausen before the St. Louis closer wrapped up his 13th save in 15 chances.

    The Cardinals wrapped up a 6-3 homestand that featured one series against a division leader and another against the Rockies, who were in first place in the NL West when they came to town. St. Louis is a major league best 18-7 at new Busch Stadium, all of the games sellouts.



    Jose Lima (0-3) got knocked out in the fifth. He and Jeremi Gonzalez, who starts Friday against the Yankees, are essentially auditioning for one spot in New York's starting rotation., although that scenario could change after rookie Brian Bannister left a rehab start after only five pitches on Thursday due to tightness in his right hamstring.


    Lima hasn't lasted longer then five innings in three starts as the fill-in for Bannister. In 14 1/3 innings he has give up 14 earned runs. As Lima pointed out, missing Pujols was no bonus for him.


    And here are some game notes
    Boxing promoter Don King threw out the first pitch, and visited La Russa in his office about an hour before the game. King brought along Cory Spinks, preparing for a welterweight title bout in July. ... Beltran has five homers and 13 RBI in his last 12 games. ... Eckstein leads the Cardinals with 17 multihit games and 50 hits overall. ... Mets bench coach Jerry Manuel was ejected in the bottom of the third for arguing balls and strikes.
     

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