Game Recap: Mets 3 – Cardinals 2

Despite managing just four hits during the game, the Mets (11-10) defeated the St. Louis Cardinals (12-10) by a score of 3-2 on a windy night at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap and box score at SNY.tv.



Need to Know: Matt Carpenter was thrown out at the plate during the ninth inning. The out, which was confirmed after review, kept the score at 3-2.

Jon Niese gave up one earned run on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts during 6 2/3 innings on the mound.

Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha had nine strikeouts through the first three innings. He was only the seventh player in history to accomplish the feat.

Wacha struggled in the fourth and walked both Ruben Tejada and Kirk Nieuwenhuis with the bases loaded to give the Mets a 2-1 lead.

Lucas Duda hit his fourth home run of the season to put the Mets up 3-1 in the sixth.

Curtis Granderson broke his 22 at-bat hitless streak with a single in the first. He went 1-for-3 on the night with one walk and one strikeout.


 What’s Next: The Mets will head into the final contest of a four-game series withe the Cardinals on Thursday as they send Bartolo Colon (1-3, 5.40 ERA) to the mound against Lance Lynn (4-0, 3.42 ERA) at 1:10 pm ET.




87 comments
eavdr10
eavdr10

This is all great but sooner or later the offense has to come around! Otherwise kiss .500 goodbye

Not4Nutten
Not4Nutten

Theirs a starting point in a season for every winning Team, let's hope last night was the starting point of good thins to come, Kudos to Niese, Lucas, Kirk, Grandy, d'Arnaud (who's coming on) and Ruben for the play of the day and STICKING IT to Sandy and Terry and the owners as well!!! Great Job Boys! Let's Go Mets!

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

Guys (and gals if any).....smdh....Duda is a .223 hitter w/RISP for his career....but carries a .366 OBP.   In his career as a #4 hitter, Duda hits .276 which is actually pretty good.  Then again, he also carries a .373 OBP hitting 4th.  Here's one.. of Duda's 48 career HRs, 33 have been solo.   All this IMO illustrates Duda's more passive tendencies at the place.  In the 2 hole or 7 hole is fine, or you can live with it in the 6th hole.  But in the main run producing spot in the lineup?  I'll ask again, is Duda going to be aggressive enough to be a run producer for this team?

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

So far the Mets have gone 3-3 on the homestand.  Vs. 2 playoff teams from last year, they've faced SPs with the 2nd, 3rd, 8th and 16th best ERAs in the NL. This team needs to hit better, no doubt.  But how about we fans give just a little more credit, where credit is obviously due?

Shawn R. Babcock
Shawn R. Babcock

Didn't think we had much chance of winning 2 games in this series with the pitchers we're facing.

Pretty nice work. Finding a way...

steve333
steve333

Wouldn't it help to state which player threw out the runner at the plate?

Is this yahoo?

John Kranzley
John Kranzley

This lineup would score more runs

Young

Murphy

Wright

Duda

Young

Granderson

Darnaud

SS

Chris Gogatz
Chris Gogatz

Honestly what is wrong with gee or niese for a diamondback shortstop? Makes room for montero or Thor

Orlando Fernandez
Orlando Fernandez

Duda is too far down in order. Bat him fourth or second. Play EY vs lefties only please. Recall Brown or summon Campbell and cut Satin.

Adrian Cervantes
Adrian Cervantes

With the possibility of taking 3 of 4 from the Cardinals after the way this homestand started I will gladly take that and 2 games over 500. LGM!

Ant Hanni
Ant Hanni

I am no statistician but mets averaged 4.25 runs per game over their last 16 Games with Murphy and Wright batting 2-3. They put Murphy in the cleanup spot and drop duda from 5th to 6th and they put up 2 runs, get shutout, then put up 3 Runs tonight on 4 Hits. I understand he wants to get Grandy going but I mean come on, Half the people on this blog can probably lead the mets to more wins than Terry.

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

lol quite in here, but i guess thats what happens when...


the mets win

Tejada, Duda, TDA all contribute

and TC managed well.


Mohamad Osman
Mohamad Osman

I was there, crazyyy cold. One of the more exciting games in a while. Props to Tejada for the relay

krayzie
krayzie

It may be a good time to sell high on Niese and get a bat

cver
cver

Nice game tonight!  Weird how they put Niese out there in the cold again after he got hurt last year from that and still has the injuries, but wow - great job!  At least for now, they're not too shabby.  Won't expect too much tomorrow, but wouldn't mind being pleasantly surprised with a series win.

Michael Mee
Michael Mee

I was there.. first Mets game in a while... it was friggen freezing. 

bdollrsgn
bdollrsgn

I don't know how they make winning feel so much like losing, but I'll take it. Let's Go Mets.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Good job by TC tonight. Give credit when it's due, folks.

Forget the whiners. Even winning sticks in their throats.

zoddie
zoddie

@C.K. Dexter Haven You're shaking your dang head at the guy who is leading the team in OBP, SLG, HRs, #2 in RBI (despite having 29 ABs fewer than #1), and WAR?


Maybe he's been our best hitter this season and has hit .300/.533/.600 so far with RISP and that's that?

stemog
stemog

@C.K. Dexter Haven So what, 33 of his 48 HRs are solo shots? What does that mean other than no one is getting on base in front of him. He can't control that. Do you think when he hits with runners on he's distracted?

mrgee
mrgee

Defense and pitching wins games and, who knew, we've got that. When Lagares gets back, that much better!

mrgee
mrgee

Grandy might never see a strike again with this lineup. I assume they don't want to put him through that quite yet.

Ant Hanni
Ant Hanni

Granderson and Cyoung could be switched when/if grand get going

Ant Hanni
Ant Hanni

In my opinion that is our optimal batting order. I have no idea what Terrys doing with this lineup

mrgee
mrgee

Nothing wrong with it; just too early in the season. But come summer time I bet the rumors start like crazy.

Dan Waters
Dan Waters

If I'm trading either of them, I'm looking for Jose Reyes. Proven commodity for proven high upside /injury risk commodity! Not a prospect.

fakefans
fakefans

Clearly you are no statistician or you might have a better understanding of sample size.

We won, and we guaranteed no worse than a split in a 4 game series against the reigning NL champs with their best pitchers going. Despite all of that, all you can muster is more whining? Typical.

fakefans
fakefans

Exactly Doc...for the first time in awhile, the optimists have a voice in here!

bregs
bregs

@krayzie  I know we need a bat badly, but I think Niese is a key arm for us too keep.  If healthy he is a perfect mix to our righty power pitchers when harvey and synaguard are here


cver
cver

@krayzie I was thinking the same thing - but those of you who have been reading me on here, have heard me talk about trading him for Reyes all winter.

konyc
konyc

@Will Keesee Not to cast my lot with the "whiners," but I don't think anyone's giddy over a 3-2 win in which we got four hits, scored two runs on bases loaded walks, and struck out nine times in the first three innings.  It's nice they prevailed in terrible conditions, but to call this one "well deserved" and "huge" makes you guilty of the same hyperbole typically ascribed to the whiners.


cmetsfan
cmetsfan

@Will Keesee  Well after a few collapses and more tedious seasons, maybe we're just slow to talk smack or can really think it could be as good as it might be yet. I mean last year the mets through a no hitter, and they also sorta didn't, so it's tough to let the good times sink in just yet.

Starz31
Starz31

It's true. Drama sells. Same goes for most of the NY media as well.

ericccb
ericccb

@Will Keesee  Preach. All the negative fans ran when we started winning. This is the team we love we need to support them.

zoddie
zoddie

@mets2death He's actually on track to hit more than 30.  He lost some at bats at 1b to Ike which obviously isn't going to happen.  He won't get 600 ABs because he's still in a platoon, as he should be, but he'll probably end up with closer to 500 ABs if he stays healthy.

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

@stemog  .223 w/RISP.....Not sure he's distracted. But  I think he's passive.  Which is worse in a run producing slot IMO.  About 1100 of his career 1345 ABs have come from the 4 thru 6 spots.  Are you honestly telling me the answer is no one gets on in front of him?  In 1100 ABs??

tierlifer
tierlifer

@Joe Wenzel  It wasn't just Cerronne who predicted that. 80% of the know it all's on here had them pegged for that. 

metsfanman
metsfanman

@Joe Wenzel  At the time, some thought that was an optimistic prediction and I thought it was realistic. Glad to see the team playing much better since then. Hope they can keep it up and that their offense can at least improve somewhat, as the high level they have been pitching at of late will be hard to sustain.

nagel100
nagel100

@Orlando Fernandez  i would wait until we see if our young arms can actually deliver.  gee and neise are pitching well and are affordable.  we have all year to decide.


we are not going anywhere until harvey is back out there every 5th day being an ace.


a deal is very possible and sandy seems to know how to deal.  what he can't do is raise the budget.  the wilpons have destroyed that.  80 million is a joke,.

Dan Waters
Dan Waters

@bregs @krayzieThe issue is his shoulder.  I shared your opinion at the start of last year. Once he hurt his shoulder without a corrective surgery...he became expendable.


zoddie
zoddie

@cver @krayzie They'd need Toronto to pick up some salary.  Otherwise why not just sign Jose when he was a FA and give up nothing?


I also don't think the Jays are ready to make a move like that yet.

Ant Hanni
Ant Hanni

I'd give up niese plus a minor league player up for Reyes in a second

Starz31
Starz31

It's an interesting thought. On one hand, I really like what he could provide as a veteran lefty in the next few years. He'd be a Great fit in a rotation of power arms. On the other hand tho, he isn't getting any younger and has avoided major injuries so far. Maybe it is worth selling high before an eventual decline (although that could be years from now naturally or any moment due to injury). This team really needs an offensive bat and the best way to acquire a good, young or in his prime one, will be through trade for this team.

mrgee
mrgee

I'm giddy. We are over .500, playing a ridiculously tough schedule. Duda with a home run, Tejada actually making defensive gems. Good stuff!

Dan Waters
Dan Waters

@Starz31 His defense would be an upgrade and batting lead off would be a gigantic offensive upgrade.  He improves us on both sides.  Granted the legs are an issue as he gets older but moving away from the astro turf in Toronto can only help.  Also, he doesn't have to bat lead off for the remainder of the deal so as speed decline occurs we can move him further down in the order.  One of Jerry Manuel's best ideas albeit way to far ahead of schedule was batting Reyes third.

Starz31
Starz31

Not Reyes. His best years are behind him. I don't want any party of his legs this side of 30