It was an emotional day for Mets fans, as many woke to the news that fan favorite Rusty Staub had passed away at the age of 77. Nicknamed “The Big Orange” for his fiery locks, Staub was traded to the Mets from the Expos in 1972. He set a Mets record with 105 RBIs in 1975.
The Mets honored Staub before the game, and will wear a black “Rusty” patch on the right sleeve of their uniforms for the year.
The team also honored Ed Charles, a member of the 1969 “Miracle Mets” who passed away on March 15. Charles scored the winning run in the second game of the World Series against the Baltimore Orioles.
The Mets capped off the day with a 9-4 win behind a solid pitching performance by Noah Syndergaard, who struck out 10 Cardinals batters.
After a day off, it was Jacob deGrom's turn to take the mound, putting in a solid performance in a 6-2 win. However, the injury bug that plagued the Mets pitching staff last year turned its focus on Anthony Swarzak, the right-handed reliever the club acquired in the off-season.
Swarzak had to leave the game after straining his oblique muscle on a pitch. He was scheduled to undergo an MRI this week.
Stephen Matz struggled through a rough outing in the final game of the series. He was bounced from the game in the fourth, and the Mets would go on to lose 5-1.
"He just couldn't get the ball over the plate consistently," said manager Mickey Callaway after the game. "He wasn't finishing at times and it didn't really look like he had the confidence to throw it over."
The Mets still have two more games against the Phillies in Flushing as long as the weather cooperates. Following that, they head to D.C. for a three-game weekend series with the Washington Nationals, the preseason favorites in the N.L. East.