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Final Recap: Mets 10 – Cardinals 6

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The New York Mets (64-63) defeated the St. Louis Cardinal (67-59) by the final score of 10-6 tonight to take a critical series victory over one of the Wild Card leaders. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

http://m.mlb.com/gameday/mets-vs-cardinals/2016/08/25/448768?#game=448768,game_state=final,game_tab=box

Game Notes:

  • Alejandro De Aza had quite a game going 2-5 with 5 RBI’s including a 3-run home run. He also made a home run robbing catch in the bottom of the first inning.
  • Seth Lugo was fantastic picking up his first Major League win despite leaving early with a right calf cramp. He went 5 scoreless innings while allowing only 2 hits, and 3 walks with 5 strikeouts.
  • James Loney was 3-5 with 3 runs scored.
  • Rene Rivera was 2-4 with 2 RBIs.
  • Wilmer Flores was 2-3 with an RBI and 3 runs scored.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera was 2-3 with an RBI.

Low and behold the Mets are creeping back into the Wild Card race with tonight’s series victory. Despite the Mets having an injury riddled roster they have simply tried to keep their heads above water with replacements, and the return of Yoenis Cespedes has done wonders as the team is now 4-2 since his return. Yes there are significant question marks regarding the starting rotation but those are problems that we can worry about tomorrow, as tonight’s win just feels good. It is getting a little unbelievable though how many injuries keep piling up for the Mets with starter Seth Lugo going down tonight while he was pitching his best game as a Major Leaguer. It is becoming a rite of passage it seems that in order to play for the Mets you must suffer some sort of injury and pay your dues on the disabled list (sarcasm).

 The Mets are now 3.5 games behind the Cardinals with a favorable schedule down the stretch. The Mets have struggled against below .500 teams which is something they will certainly have to improve upon if they want any shot of October. The team will also hope to avoid any more serious injuries down the stretch as this team can not afford to be losing anymore starters. Things are looking up for the Mets however after tonight’s game, and what a difference 24 hours makes after last night’s debacle. The Mets will now host the Phillies for three games at Citi Field this weekend and they will have Neil Walker rejoin the team, and hopefully Jay Bruce will be back in the starting lineup as well. Let’s keep believing Mets fans, as hard as it’s been this season we still have a chance and tonight that sense of hope is all that matters!

 

Lineups: Mets vs. Cardinals 7:15 pm et.

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New York Mets (63-63):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. James Loney (L) 1B
5. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
6. Wilmer Flores (R) 2B
7. Alejandro De Aza (L) CF
8. Rene Rivera (R) C
9. Seth Lugo (R) P

SP: Seth Lugo RHP (0-2, 3.04 ERA)

St. Louis Cardinals (67-58):

1. Matt Carpenter (L) 1B
2. Jedd Gyorko (R) 2B
3. Brandon Moss (L) LF
4. Stephen Piscotty (R) RF
5. Yadier Molina (R) C
6. Jhonny Peralta (R) 3B
7. Randal Grichuk (R) CF
8. Greg Garcia (L) SS
9. Adam Wainwright (R) P

SP: Adam Wainwright RHP (9-7, 4.71 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY and the MLB Network.

Lineups: Mets vs. Cardinals 8:15 pm et.

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New York Mets (63-62):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Jay Bruce (L) RF
5. James Loney (L) 1B
6. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
7. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
9. Jacob deGrom (L) P

SP: Jacob deGrom RHP (7-6, 2.73 ERA)

St. Louis Cardinals (66-58):

1. Matt Carpenter (L) 1B
2. Jedd Gyorko (R) 2B
3. Brandon Moss (L) LF
4. Stephen Piscotty (R) RF
5. Yadier Molina (R) C
6. Jhonny Peralta (R) 3B
7. Randal Grichuk (R) CF
8. Greg Garcia (L) SS
9. Carlos Martinez (R) P

SP: Carlos Martinez RHP (11-7, 3.24 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.

Final Recap: Mets 7 – Cardinals 4

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The New York Mets (63-62) defeated the St. Louis Cardinals (66-58) tonight in their series opener by the final score of 7-4. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

http://m.mlb.com/gameday/mets-vs-cardinals/2016/08/23/448740?#game=448740,game_state=final,game_tab=box

Game Notes:

  • Jon Niese only lasted 0.1 of an inning before departing with a knee injury. He allowed 3 runs on 1 hit with 2 walks.
  • Robert Gsellman picked up his first career win while relieving Niese by pitching 3.2 scoreless innings of relief while allowing only 2 hits and 2 strikeouts with 3 walks.
  • Wilmer Flores was 1-3 with a 3-run HR.
  • Justin Ruggiano was 1-3 with a mammoth 461 ft. solo HR (The longest Mets HR in the Statcast era).
  • Asdrubal Cabrera was 3-5 with an RBI double.
  • Jose Reyes was 3-4 with a walk, a stolen base, and an RBI single.

What a difference in swagger the Mets have played with since the return of Yoenis Cespedes. The team is 3-1 in the four games he’s played in since returning from the disabled list, and it’s evident that this team relies on his presence for success. While Cespedes bat had been carrying the Mets over the last couple of games, his glove was the highlight tonight as he made an outstanding catch to rob Stephen Piscotty of a home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Mets understand that this is their biggest series of the season to this point, and they came out tonight playing the way we haven’t seen in some time. With tonight’s victory the Mets now sit 3.5 games behind the Cardinals for the final Wild Card spot. There is still plenty of work to do over the next two days, but the offense looks totally revitalized with the presence of their team leader in Cespedes. 

There is not much to say on the Jon Niese front as he appeared to come into tonight’s start injured and didn’t last more than a third of an inning after looking shaky early. Regardless whether the knee injury had any affect on his performance tonight, I’d rather the Mets put Niese back into the bullpen, as he has just not cut it as a starter this season for either the Pirates or the Mets. Robert Gsellman came into tonight in his MLB debut and despite allowing Niese’s inherited runners to score, he shut the Cardinals down to set the tone for the Mets for the rest of the game. Gsellman’s effort was part of the Mets bullpen having a huge night and throwing 8.2 innings of one-run ball the rest of the way. It is appears from Terry Collins postgame comments that Gsellman will get the start in Philadelphia on Sunday which is well deserved after the way he pitched tonight. I would also expect Niese to hit the disabled list at this point as he’s been dealing with knee discomfort for sometime now, and it doesn’t make sense to play shorthanded in the bullpen, especially after the Mets used six pitchers in relief tonight. 

  • The newly energized Mets will take on the St. Louis Cardinals in the second game of their three game series tomorrow night with first pitch scheduled for 8:15 pm et. You can catch tomorrow’s game on SNY.
  • Jacob deGrom (7-6, 2.73 ERA) will look to bounce back from his last start and toe the rubber against Cardinals ace Carlos Martinez (11-7, 3.24 ERA).

 

Lineups: Mets vs. Cardinals 8:15 pm et

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New York Mets (62-62):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Wilmer Flores (R) 1B
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
6. T.J. Rivera (R) 2B
7. Justin Ruggiano (R) CF
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
9. Jonathon Niese (L) P

SP: Jonathon Niese LHP (8-7, 5.30 ERA)

St. Louis Cardinals (66-57):

1. Tommy Pham (R) LF
2. Stephen Piscotty (R) RF
3. Matt Carpenter (L) 2B
4. Brandon Moss (L) 1B
5. Yadier Molina (R) C
6. Jhonny Peralta (R) 3B
7. Jedd Gyorko (R) SS
8. Randal Grichuk (R) CF
9. Jaime Garcia (L) P

SP: Jaime Garcia LHP (10-8, 4.11 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.

Things to Know: Mets vs. Cardinals

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The New York Mets will open a critical three-game set in St. Louis tonight to face the Cardinals in a battle that will certainly have ramifications on the Wild Card race, as well as the Mets season. Here are a few things to know ahead of tonight’s game. Continue reading

Final Recap: Cardinals 5 – Mets 4

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The St. Louis Cardinals (54-47) defeated the New York Mets (53-47) by the final score of 5-4. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

http://m.mlb.com/gameday/cardinals-vs-mets/2016/07/27/448382?#game=448382,game_state=final,game_tab=

Game Notes:

  • Jeurys Familia blew his first save of the season and was charged with the loss giving up 2 runs and 2 hits in the bottom of the 9th.
  • Yoenis Cespedes was 2-4 with a 2-run go-ahead home run in the bottom of the 7th.
  • Travis d’Arnaud was 2-4 and scored a run on a wild pitch.
  • Neil Walker was 3-3 with an RBI single.
  • Logan Verrett pitched admirably going 7 innings and allowing 3 runs on 5 hits. He walked 3 and struck out 7.

I am just in as much shock as every other Mets fan around the country is tonight. I am saying that as I pick my jaw up off the floor. The Cardinals absolutely stunned the Mets in shocking fashion after the Mets originally took the lead in the bottom of the seventh, after a dramatic Yoenis Cespedes two-run bomb. Addison Reed made quick work of the top of the Cardinals lineup in the top of the eighth, but all good things would come to an end in the top of the ninth. After Familia had gotten the first batter of the inning to line out, he would walk Jedd Gyorko (who would be pinch-ran for by Randal Grichuk), and Yadier Molina would drive him in with a double. Familia would then get Molina out at third on a fielder’s choice with a Jeremy Hazelbaker ground ball. But still with only two outs, Hazelbaker would steal second base and then be driven in on a Kolten Wong double to give the Cardinals the lead. That would ultimately snap Familia’s 52-game save streak which leaves him third on the all-time MLB save streak list.  

It’s certainly a heartbreaking loss for the Mets as you felt this game was never meant to end this way, after the way they fought back tonight. You almost had chalked this game up as a victory after Cespedes went yard, as the Mets came into tonight 48-0 when leading after eight innings. Unfortunately playing with fire finally bit Familia tonight, and the Mets offense should’ve scored more runs than they did. Prior to Cespedes going yard the Mets were 1-11 with runners in scoring position and blew multiple opportunities to blow this game open. Losing to the Cardinals certainly hurts as they are neck and neck in the Wild Card chase with one another, but the Mets will have to regroup fast as they have an early game tomorrow afternoon against the Colorado Rockies. 

  • The Mets will open a four-game series against the Colorado Rockies tomorrow afternoon with a 1:10 pm et start time. Tomorrow’s game can be seen on SNY and MLB Network.
  • Jacob deGrom (6-5, 2.73 ERA) will look to get back on track after his last start as he faces Rockies southpaw Tyler Anderson (3-3, 3.56 ERA).

Lineups & Game Notes: Cardinals vs. Mets 7:10 pm et.

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St. Louis Cardinals (53-47):

1. Greg Garcia (L) 2B
2. Aledmys Diaz (R) SS
3. Stephen Piscotty (R) RF
4. Matt Holliday (R) LF
5. Matt Adams (L) 1B
6. Jedd Gyorko (R) 3B
7. Yadier Molina (R) C
8. Tommy Pham (R) CF
9. Adam Wainwright (R) P

SP: Adam Wainwright RHP (9-5, 4.09 ERA)

New York Mets (53-46):

1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. James Loney (L) 1B
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
7. Michael Conforto (L) CF
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
9. Logan Verrett (R) P

SP: Logan Verrett RHP (3-6, 4.14 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.

Game Notes:

CARDINALS-METS NOTES: The Mets are 18-11 all-time vs. the Cardinals at Citi Field…Since 2006, the Mets have only lost one home season series to St. Louis (2013, 1-2).

RUBBER GAMES: New York is 7-5 in rubber games this year, including 3-3 at home.

HOMERS AT HOME: The Mets have hit 26 home runs in their last 13 home games.

CLOSING RECORDS: Jeurys Familia has set another franchise record with saves in each of his last 14 appearances and is 36-for-36 in save opportunities this year…He moved into sixth place on the club’s all-time save list with last night’s save, with his 85 career save…Tug McGraw is fifth on the list with 86.

SINCE THE BREAK: New York has posted a 2.56 ERA, the second-lowest mark in the majors…The pen has a 1.44 ERA in the second-half as well.

STRONG PEN: New York’s bullpen has tossed 9 straight scoreless innings dating to Saturday…The pen is 5-1 with 10 saves and a 1.63 ERA since June 30…Overall, the pen is fourth in the majors with a 3.05 ERA.

VERRETT VS. CARDINALS: Logan Verrett has never faced the St. Louis Cardinals in his career.

METS VS. WAINWRIGHT: Adam Wainwright holds a 3-4 record and a career 5.13 ERA in nine career appearances (seven starts) against the Mets… It’s his worst ERA against any National League opponent and second worst against any opponent in baseball with a minimum of two appearances…Notable numbers against Wainwright are provided below…

  • James Loney: .500 (14-28), 4 2B, 1 HR
  • Neil Walker: .281 (9-32), 1 HR, 7 RBI
  • Curtis Granderson: .167 (1-6), 1 BB, 1 K
  • Yoenis Cespedes: .125 (1-8), 4 K
  • Travis d’Arnaud: .000 (0-2)

Mets/Cardinals Rained Out

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Tonight’s game between the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals has been postponed due to rain, and will be made up tomorrow as part of a day/night doubleheader. Game 1 will begin at 4:10 pm et. and Game 2 will subsequently follow. The starters for each contest will also remain the same.

Lineups & Game Notes: Cardinals vs. Mets 7:10 pm et.

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St. Louis Cardinals (52-46):

1. Greg Garcia (L) 2B
2. Aledmys Diaz (R) SS
3. Stephen Piscotty (R) RF
4. Matt Holliday (R) LF
5. Matt Adams (L) 1B
6. Jedd Gyorko (R) 3B
7. Yadier Molina (R) C
8. Jeremy Hazelbaker (L) CF
9. Carlos Martinez (R) P

SP: Carlos Martinez RHP (9-6, 2.83 ERA)

New York Mets (52-45):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. James Loney (L) 1B
5. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
6. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
7. Michael Conforto (L) CF
8. Rene Rivera (R) C
9. Noah Syndergaard (L) P

SP: Noah Syndergaard RHP (9-4, 2.43 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.

Game Notes:

CARDINALS-METS NOTES: The Mets are 17-10 all-time vs. the Cardinals at Citi Field…Since 2006, the Mets have only lost one home season series to St. Louis (2013, 1-2).

HOME SWEET HOME: The Mets will start a nine-game homestand tonight…The Mets will play 17 of their next 20 games in New York City… The Mets are 9-4 in their last 13 home games…New York is 26-20 at home this season.

STRONG PEN: New York’s bullpen is 5-1 with nine saves and a 1.76 ERA (12 earned runs/61.1 innings) since June 30…Overall, the pen is fifth in the majors with a 3.10 ERA.

HOT HITTERS: James Loney has hit in eight straight games, going 9-27 (.333)…He has one homer and four RBI during that span…Michael Conforto is hitting .455 (5-11) with one double and three walks since returning to the majors on July 18.

THROWING GAS: Hansel Robles is 5-0 with a 1.47 ERA and 21 strikeouts since June 21…Robles is tied for the major league lead with five wins since June 21.

INTERESTING FACT: Steven Matz tossed 6 shutout innings yesterday… It was the fifth time this year, Matz did not allow a run while pitching at least 6 innings…The only other Mets rookies to have five such starts prior to August are Jerry Koosman (six in 1968) and Ron Darling (five in 1984)…Research courtesy of Elias.

THOR VS. CARDINALS: Has made one career start against the Cardinals…Took the loss in the Mets’ 3-2 defeat on July 17, 2015 at Busch Stadium…Tossed 7.0 innings, allowed two runs, earned, on five hits while striking out six and walking one.

METS VS. MARTINEZ: Carlos Martinez has posted a 1-1 record and holds a career 0.57 ERA in five career appearances (2 starts) against the Mets…He’s struck out 13 and walked 11 in 15.2 innings… It’s the right-hander’s lowest ERA against any opponent with a minimum of two starts…Notable numbers against Martinez are posted below…

  • Yoenis Cespedes: .667 (2-3), 1 HR, 1 RBI
  • Juan Lagares: .400 (2-5), 1 HBP, 1 K
  • Jose Reyes: .333 (1-3), 1 K
  • Curtis Granderson: .333 (2-6), 1 RBI, 1 K
  • Neil Walker: .250 (4-16), 1 3B, 2 HR
  • Wilmer Flores: .200 (1-5)
  • Kelly Johnson: .000 (0-2), 1 BB