The Mets (51–56) defeated the Cardinals (59–51) today by the score of 9 to 0 in Citi Field this afternoon.
For a full recap and boxscore, click here.
The Least You Should Know:
Jon Niese started the game, but left with a hamstring injury in the second inning. Nelson Figueroa and Bobby Parnell stepped in to pitch 7.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Angel Pagan was 3 for 4 with a double, a home run and a triple, while David Wright was 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBI.
Misc., Etc., and Other Notes:
Just days after looking terrible against the D-Backs, Figueroa did a fantastic job in relief, as did Parnell, who also got his first major-league hit, dunking a single behind second base. Parnell looked pretty serious with the bat in his hand – I think the beard helps.
Gary Sheffield also left the game with a hamstring injury, though it did not appear to be serious.
You know it’s a weird day when Jeff Francoeur draws a walk.
Pagan continues to impress. He will give this team something to think about, though he may prove to be a really good fourth outfielder, i.e., Endy Chavez, but with a bat.
In the end, I think Citi Field will be big-time pitcher’s park in April and May, when the wind is blowing across the field; but a hitter’s park in late summer, when the wind shifts, blows out and it’s more humid.
The Mets finished the home stand 5–5.
The Mets travel to San Diego and will begin a three-game series with the Padres tomorrow night at 10 pm.