Showing posts with label Mets at Cardinals. Show all posts
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Happy Recap: Game 72 - Mets (3) at Cardinals (2) - Colon goes 8 solid innings



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W: B. Colon (7-5) L: L. Lynn (7-5) S: D. Eveland (1)
HR: NYM - None   STL - M. Carpenter (3)

Recap:

Bartolo Colon worked eight innings, and Eric Young's RBI ground-rule double in the seventh inning was the difference, as New York escaped St. Louis with a 3-2 victory in the finale of a three-game set.

Colon (7-5) scattered four hits and one run and exited with a 3-1 advantage. Jenrry Mejia entered and gave up a leadoff double to Matt Carpenter and plunked Jon Jay. A Matt Holliday double-play grounder put the former in scoring position, then Allen Craig bounced a single to third which scored Carpenter and pulled the hosts within a run.

Dana Eveland put an end to the rally by retiring Matt Adams on grounder to third, earning his first save of the season.

Young ended up with two hits and David Wright knocked in a run for the Mets, who avoided a sweep.

Carpenter scored twice and drove in a run for the Cardinals, whose five-game win streak came to a halt.

Lance Lynn (7-5) tossed six innings in defeat, allowing five hits and two runs while striking out five and walking four.

Carpenter's first-inning solo homer put the Cards on the board, and Lynn had little trouble until the sixth.

His counterpart Colon smacked a leadoff double, then scored on Young's double to tie the game at 1-1. Young moved up on a groundout and scored on a Wright single, but the batter was thrown out at second. Curtis Granderson and Lucas Duda drew walks but Lynn prevented further damage by fanning Young.

New York picked up an insurance run in the seventh, as Wilmer Flores reached thanks to a one-out single, moved up on Colon's sacrifice bunt and scored when Young bounced a double into the seats in left.

Game Notes

Colon's double was his first extra-base hit in 123 career at-bats, and first hit since 2005 ... Both clubs are in action on Thursday, as New York continues its road trip in Miami, while the Cardinals continue their residency by hosting the Phillies ... Following the contest, the Mets recalled outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned outfielder Matt den Dekker to Vegas.

Box Score:

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Cardinals - Game 72


Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Cardinals - Game 72

1. Eric Young Jr. (S) LF
2. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
3. David Wright (R) 3B
4. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
5. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
6. Chris Young (R) CF
7. Taylor Teagarden (R) C
8. Wilmer Flores (R) SS
9. Bartolo Colon (R) P

Preview: Game 72 - Mets at Cards - Colon vs Lynn


Preview: Game 72
New York Mets (31-40) at St. Louis Cardinals (39-32)

Probable Pitchers:
Bartolo Colon (6-5) 4.15 ERA vs Lance Lynn (7-4) 3.16 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 1: 45 PM

Preview:

The New York Mets continue to be abysmal at the plate, but David Wright is providing some faint hope.

Bartolo Colon is doing more than that on the mound.

With Wright trying to show some offensive consistency, Colon looks to continue his sterling stretch by helping the Mets avoid a sweep in this three-game series with the surging St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

New York (31-40) has spiraled to the bottom of the NL East, dropping 11 of 14 games with the offense batting .210 -- including .149 with runners in scoring position -- and scoring 2.9 runs per contest.

They went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position while falling 5-2 to St. Louis (39-32) on Tuesday, but Wright hit a homer -- his first since May 28 -- and added a double. The All-Star third baseman is batting .106 in 14 games, fueling speculation he could be dropped from the No. 3 spot in the order.

Wright is 11 for 28 (.393) over his last seven games in St. Louis.

Unlike Wright, Colon (6-5, 4.15 ERA) has been superb of late. The 40-year-old right-hander is 4-0 with a 1.78 ERA over his past five starts after going 1-4 with a 7.18 ERA in his previous six.

He was impressive again Friday, allowing two runs and four hits with seven strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings of a 6-2 win over San Diego.

Colon has won his last two starts against the Cardinals, allowing two runs in 15 innings.

Another strong performance may be needed since New York has a .215 average while dropping 11 of 17 at St. Louis.
That success over the Mets is part of the Cardinals' 22-3 home record against NL East opponents over the past two years, including 7-1 in 2014 thanks to a 1.75 ERA.

This entire 10-game homestand comes against East teams, and they've won the first five against Washington and New York with a four-game set versus Philadelphia to follow.

Lance Lynn (7-4, 3.16) takes the ball looking to win back-to-back starts for the first time since winning his first four of the season. The right-hander is 3-4 with a 3.06 ERA in 10 games since.

He was outstanding in Friday's 1-0 win over Washington, striking out eight while yielding two hits in eight innings opposite Jordan Zimmermann's three-hitter. That was a dramatic improvement after Lynn allowed nine runs in 8 1/3 innings while losing his previous two starts.

Lynn has lost two of three starts against the Mets behind a 3.50 ERA. However, he earned a 6-3 win in his only home start on May 13, 2013, allowing three runs with seven strikeouts and five walks in seven innings.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Recap: Game 71 - Mets (2) at Cards (5) - Wacha Outduels Niese



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W: M. Wacha (5-5) L: J. Niese (3-4) S: P. Neshek (2)
HR: NYM - D. Wright (5),L. Duda (9)   STL - Y. Molina (6)

Recap:

Michael Wacha turned in another strong effort by a St. Louis starting pitcher to lead the Cardinals to a season-high fifth straight victory, a 5-2 decision over the New York Mets at Busch Stadium.

Wacha (5-5) held the Mets to a run on five hits while striking out seven over six innings of work. The young right-hander received support from Jon Jay and Matt Holliday, both of whom had two hits and came through with an RBI during a two-run fifth inning.

Yadier Molina added a solo homer for the Cardinals, who have now won eight of their last nine games and limited the opposition to a total of seven runs in those triumphs.

David Wright and Lucas Duda both homered and finished with two hits for the Mets, but New York recorded just three other hits and lost for the eighth straight time on the road and 11th in 14 tries overall.

Jon Niese (3-4) was saddled with the loss after surrendering five runs -- three earned -- through six innings.

Niese matched Wacha through the first four innings as both starters were sharp, with each reached for an early solo homer that created a 1-1 deadlock that the Cardinals broke behind a pair of big two-out hits in the fifth.

Jay put St. Louis ahead with a hard triple down the right-field line that brought home Daniel Descalso, hit by a Niese pitch earlier in the frame, and Holliday followed with a double in nearly the same spot to extend the margin to 3-1.

Wacha was able to strand Wright after a leadoff double in the top of the sixth, right before the Cardinals broke things open in their half of the inning.

After a fielding error by Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy kept the inning alive, pinch-hitter Kolten Wong and Peter Bourjos came through with back- to-back RBI singles for a 5-1 St. Louis advantage.

Duda got the Mets closer by leading off the ninth with a homer off Jason Motte, who then served up a double to Anthony Recker before Pat Neshek came on to get the final three outs and earn his second save of the season.

Molina clubbed a Niese fastball over the wall in left to stake the Cardinals to a 1-0 edge in the second inning, but Wright answered with a solo blast of his own to begin the fourth.

Game Notes

For a second straight game, Mets manager Terry Collins batted the pitcher in the No. 8 spot in the lineup and had outfielder Eric Young hit ninth ... The Cardinals improved to 20-2 against NL East opponents at home over the past two seasons ... New York has now lost a series to the Cardinals for a sixth straight time when visiting Busch Stadium ... Including a win in last year's NL Championship Series, Wacha moved to 8-0 in his last 11 home starts ... The Mets fell to 3-27 this season when scoring three or less runs.

Box Score:

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Preview: Game 71 - Mets at Cards - Niese vs Wacha


Preview: Game 71
New York Mets (31-39) at St. Louis Cardinals (38-32)

Probable Pitchers:
Jon Niese (3-3) 2.53 ERA vs Michael Wacha (4-5) 2.88 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 8:15 PM


Preview:

The St. Louis Cardinals' pitching staff tends to thrive against NL East teams at Busch Stadium.

Giving the ball to Michael Wacha could keep that success going.

Unbeaten at home, Wacha looks to lead the Cardinals to a fifth straight win Tuesday night against the scuffling New York Mets.

St. Louis (38-32) is 21-3 at home against NL East teams over the past two seasons, thanks mostly to a 2.13 ERA. The staff has been even better while winning six of seven meetings this year, compiling a 1.71 ERA.

Winners in seven of eight, the Cardinals have won four straight with a series sweep of Washington at home before beating New York 6-2 on Monday.

Wacha (4-5, 2.88 ERA) is 7-0 with a 1.61 ERA over his last 10 home starts, including last fall's NL championship series. He's made seven starts in St. Louis this season and has compiled a 1.42 ERA while winning his only decision over his past three games.

Wacha is 0-5 with a 3.40 ERA in seven road starts, and he's given up seven runs in 11 innings while losing his last two. He allowed four runs and four walks in five innings of a 6-3 loss at Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

Wacha has split both of his starts against the Mets (31-39) with a 3.60 ERA, but this will be the first time he faces them at Busch Stadium.

Allen Craig is hitting .384 in his last 21 meetings against East foes, and he's 8 for 15 with two doubles and four RBIs over the past four. That includes doubling on one of his three hits while driving in two runs Monday.

Matt Adams is 6 for 15 with three homers and six RBIs in four games since returning from a calf injury that landed him on the disabled list May 31. The first baseman had two hits and two RBIs Monday, scoring Craig on a triple.

The Cardinals have won 13 of 17 home meetings with the Mets, who are batting .210 while averaging 2.9 runs during a 3-10 stretch.

They mustered five hits Monday after manager Terry Collins batted starting pitcher Jacob deGrom eighth. He said he has "no idea" if he'll try that Tuesday.

Jonathon Niese (3-3, 2.54) -- a career .156 hitter -- is all too familiar with the Mets' offensive shortcomings. The left-hander has compiled a 2.22 ERA over his last four starts, but he doesn't have a record since he's been backed by seven total runs.

He had another strong effort wasted Thursday, allowing one run with a season-high eight strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings of a 5-1, 13-inning loss to Milwaukee.

Niese has a 1.35 ERA while winning three straight starts against the Cardinals. He allowed a run in 6 2/3 innings in a 3-2 victory April 23, and permitted two runs in 7 1/3 innings in his only career appearance at Busch Stadium on May 16, 2013.

The Current Cardinals Hitters Combined are batting .321 (26 for 81) vs Niese. Yadier Molina is batting .385 (5 for 13) off Niese.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Recap: Game 70 - Mets (2) at Cards (6) - Cards Outslug Mets


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W: N. Greenwood (1-0) L: J. deGrom (0-4) S: S. Maness (1)
HR: NYM - None   STL - None

Recap:

Allen Craig went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the New York Mets, 6-2, in the opener of a three-game set.

Jon Jay posted two hits and scored three runs, while Matt Adams had a run- scoring triple among his two hits and two RBI for the red-hot Cardinals, who have won four straight and seven of their last eight games.

Nick Greenwood (1-0) was credited with the victory after tossing 3 1/3 innings of one-run ball in his MLB debut in place of starter Carlos Martinez, who yielded an unearned run on two hits and four walks over four frames.

Seth Maness notched his first save of the season after recording the final four outs.

Jacob deGrom (0-4) was shelled for six runs on 12 hits and two walks over 4 1/3 frames for New York, which has dropped 10 of its last 13 contests.

The game was tied 1-1 before the Cardinals plated a run in the third inning and four more in the fifth.

Jay hit a one-out single in the third and after Matt Holliday flied out to right, Craig lined a base hit to left-center to put runners on the corners. Adams dumped a single into right to bring home Jay, but Craig was later thrown out at the plate on Yadier Molina's base hit through the hole on the left side.

Jay cracked a one-out double in the fifth before coming around to score on Holliday's single into left-center for a 3-1 lead. Craig then scorched a double down the left-field line to score Holliday and Adams tripled into the right-field corner to bring home Craig. After Molina walked, Jhonny Peralta lined a base hit to right to score Adams and make it 6-1.

Chris Young's RBI single in the eighth cut the deficit to 6-2.

Earlier, Craig's RBI base hit in the first opened the scoring and Curtis Granderson lifted a sacrifice fly to center in the third to knot the contest.

Game Notes

The Cardinals were 6-for-9 with runners in scoring position, while New York finished 2-for-8 with RISP and left seven men on base ... Craig has 14 doubles and 37 RBI on the year ... Holliday's RBI in the fifth was the 1,000th of his career.

Box Score:

Monday, June 16, 2014

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Cardinals - Game 70


Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Cardinals - Game 70

1. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
2. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
3. Bobby Abreu (L) RF
4. David Wright (R) 3B
5. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
6. Taylor Teagarden (R) C
7. Ruben Tejada (R) SS
8. Jacob deGrom (L) P
9. Eric Young Jr. (S) LF

Preview: Game 70 - Mets at Cards - drGrom vs Martinez


Preview: Game 70
New York Mets (31-38) at St. Louis Cardinals (37-32)

Pitching Probables:
Jacob deGrom (0-3) 3.44 ERA vs Carlos Martinez (0-3) 4.67 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 8:10 PM

Preview:


Matt Adams has homered in each game since coming off the disabled list, keeping the St. Louis Cardinals surging.

The New York Mets are just trying to win back-to-back games.

Adams has a chance to become the first Cardinal in three years to homer in four straight games Monday night, when St. Louis attempts to capitalize on a three-game series with the scuffling Mets.

After missing 13 games with tightness in his left calf, Adams has returned in impressive fashion, going 4 for 11 (.364) with four RBIs while helping the Cardinals (37-32) to a three-game sweep of Washington.

The first baseman homered in each of those games, doubling his season total. He's bidding to become the first Cardinal to homer in four straight games since Albert Pujols did it from June 3-7, 2011.

Adams is also batting .412 with 10 RBIs over his last 15 games, with St. Louis winning 11 of them.

The Cardinals are collectively enjoying a power surge, hitting eight homers during a 6-1 stretch to come one short of their total over the previous 26 games. Their 40 homers are the fewest in the NL, and Adams and Holliday got one each to spur Sunday's 5-2 win over the Nationals.

Adams, though, is 5 for 26 in 12 career meetings with the Mets (31-38), but St. Louis has won 12 of the past 16 home matchups thanks partly to a .299 batting average.

New York has managed to score five or more runs twice while losing nine of 12. Though the offense batted .228 over the weekend, the staff's 2.67 ERA helped the Mets take two of three from San Diego after Sunday's 3-1 victory.

The Mets went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position, and are hitting .155 in that scenario over the past 12 games.

One of those people may be rookie Jacob deGrom (0-3, 3.44 ERA), who is getting his seventh attempt at his first career win. He's been backed by 11 total runs, getting two or fewer in five of his outings.

That happened again Wednesday, when the right-hander yielded three runs in 5 2/3 innings of a 3-1 loss to Milwaukee.

The Mets are catching a break since they won't be facing Cardinals ace and nine-game winner Adam Wainwright, who is sidelined with tendinitis in his right elbow. He's won his last two starts against them while tossing 14 consecutive scoreless innings.

Carlos Martinez (0-3, 4.67) gets the nod in his place and will make his second major league start. He surrendered four runs in 4 2/3 innings of a 5-1 defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 8.

The right-hander has pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief over two meetings with New York, striking out three.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy Recap: 2014 Spring Training Game - Mets (SS) (10) at Cards (4) - Niese out with elbow problem, Vaughn has 3 hit day, 4 RBI Day


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W: K. Farnsworth (1-0) L: K. Butler (0-1)
HR: NYM - C. Vaughn (1)   STL - None

Recap:

Jonathon Niese lasted only two innings for a New York Mets split squad Sunday, leaving a 10-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals with a sore left elbow.

Niese will head back to New York for tests, the latest setback for the left-hander in what he described as ''the spring training from hell.'' He is expected to have an MRI exam Monday, and it's unclear when he might pitch again.

''It's the back of the elbow, which is good,'' Niese said. ''I'm almost 100 percent sure it's nothing serious.''

Niese's latest injury increases the likelihood that Bartolo Colon will start on opening day against Washington. Cory Vaughn had big day going 3 for 4 with a 2 run HR. Four RBI's on the day...

Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada committed his fourth error in the span of seven games on a routine grounder in the third inning. Tejada did respond with two outstanding plays later in the game, including one that started a 6-4-3 double play to end the third.

Matt Clark going 3 for 5, has to open some eyes for a first basemen job if Duda and Davis continue their injury issues. Daniel Murphy went 3 for 3 in the game... Josh Satin went 1 for 4 in his quest to be the starting firstbasemen..

The Mets catcher combined (Anthony Recker and Taylor Teagarden) went 3 for 7...

Matt den Dekker went 1 for 5 , but left 5 men on base..

Prospect Travis Taijeron went 2 for 2 with a double.... Kyle Farnsworth went 1.2 innings giving up 2 hits, no runs.... Vic Black gave up 3 hits in his inning of work and got touched for a run.

Box Score:

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Happy Recap: Spring Training Game 12 - Mets (9) at Cards (8) - Satin, Nieuwenhuis, Lutz go yard in win


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HR: NYM - J. Satin (1),K. Nieuwenhuis (1),Z. Lutz (2)   STL - K. Wong (1)

Recap:

Zach Lutz hit a solo homer in the top of the 9th to give the Mets the lead and the win.

Omar Quintanilla, who is looking for a backup role on the team went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI's.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a three run bomb in the fifth to lift the Mets.

Josh Satin went 2 for 2 with a walk, he hit a solo homer in the second inning.

Wilmer Flores, who started at shortstop went 2 for 3..

Jonathon  Niese, who started the game after his shoulder scare looked rusty in his return. He went 2 innings giving up 6 hits, 4 runs, while walking two..

Rafael Montero went two innings, giving up 1 hit, 1 run.

Gonzalez Germen got the win and Miguel Socolovich got the save.

Not in the Box Score:

The Mets had two diving catches in the outfield by Eric Young Jr. and Juan Lagares, who makes it look routine out there. It's going to hard to keep him out of the lineup..



Box Score:
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