The Mets-Cardinals matchup was deemed to be a lopsided one in favor of the Cardinals, because of the recent Mets’ mishaps. Well watching the game last night, not so much.
In the first game of the series that aired on ESPN, Pitcher Tim Redding finally got his first victory as a Met allowing 4 runs on 5 hits. Mets beat the Red Birds 6-4.
After the Mets played admirably great, they underwent an offense lapse the next game by only recording TWO hits the entire game. Cardinals silence the Metropolitans 3-0.
Just when things were looking bleak against the NL Central leading Cardinals, Mets pull out a more then impressive victory against the Red Birds.
Let’s start with the real hero of the game, Pitcher Fernando Nieve, who threw nothing short of tremendous performance, left the power house Cardinals’ lineup at zilch. Fernando Nieve is showing the baseball world he can compete in the big leagues by winning his first three starts with an outstanding 1.45 ERA. However, even with all of his success, his spot on the future of the starting pitching rotation may still be in question.
To ensure the victory, the Mets offense lived up to its potential. Mets are one of the worst homerun hitting teams in the MLB, bottom three to give you an idea. Now, how can a team win without the luxury of the homerun? By being the best hitting team in the MLB. Mets have a .290 batting average and hold the league’s top spot in that department entering last night’s game.
Mets demonstrated their hitting finesse by destroying Cardinals pitching last night, using their bats to produce eleven runs on sixteen hits. David Wright had four hits and is solidifying his position for the All-Star Game. Not only did the Mets offense produce, but manufactured more then enough runs to prevent the bullpen from blowing any saves. No stress for once.
The depleted Mets defied the odds again, taming the Cardinals with an 11-0 shutout victory.
By the way, the Mets are only a game and a half back from NL East leading Phillies.
Ace Johan Santana is set up to deliver the killing blow on the Cardinals at 7 p.m.