Mets 2 – Cardinals – 6 July 21, 2011

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As the Mets today played at Citi Field, they were playing under very hot and humid conditions.  The temperature for today was over 100 degrees.  The weather must have gotten to them as the Mets miss completing the sweep of the Cardinals 6-2.

Jonathan Niese didn’t have the start that he was hoping for today.  He went 6 innings, gave up 3 ER’s on 5 hits.  Niese’s biggest mistake of the afternoon was giving up a 2-run HR to “the machine” Albert Pujols in the first inning.

On a positive note, Jose Reyes is continuing to hit the ball well, as he legged out yet another triple.  Reyes now has 16 triples in 2011.   The Mets also gotten RBI hits from Justin Turner (who continues to be the Mets main go-to guy for RBI’s), and Jason Pridie (who was the in the starting lineup for the first time since last month).

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Mets 6 – Cardinals 5 July 20, 2011

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The Mets have been a team that has never quit when they are down.   Tonight was no different.

R.A. Dickey struggled against the Cardinals lineup.  Dickey went 6 and a 1/3 innings, and gave up 4 runs on 8 hits.   Despite his struggles, the Mets as a team continue to show that they never back down and never quit .  That is one of the most important traits of this team that makes this team enjoyable to watch.

The Mets would get back into the game as Carlos Beltran hit a two-run home run in the 5th inning.   Josh Thole came through with two RBI singles that contributed to the Mets comeback.  But, the guy who gave the Mets the game winner was Angel Pagan.  Pagan hit a walk-off solo HR right below the SNY crew, and gave the Mets the win against the Cards.

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Mets 4 – Cardinals 2 July 19, 2011

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The Mets are taking to their role of spoiler for the NL Central’s second place Cardinals. Dillon Gee put together an excellent start going 7 innings and allowing only 2 runs. He didn’t give up a hit until the fifth inning. I have to admit that I was thinking about a no-hitter. Gee is the kind of pitcher that could finally do it for the Mets. Bobby Parnell was shaky in the eighth inning giving up two hits and hitting a batter but he got out of trouble. Jason Isringhausen finished the game and got his first save since 2008.

The Mets had some serious offense going with 14 hits and 3 walks. But they left 13 runners on base. Ronny Paulino and Carlos Beltran led the team with 3 hits apiece. It was a nice return game for Beltran and Jose Reyes coming back from the disabled list.

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Preview: Cardinals at Mets July 29, 2010

St. Louis Cardinals (56-45) at New York Mets (51-50) 12:10pm

Blake Hawksworth (4-6 5.23) vs R.A. Dickey (6-4 2.55)

TV: SNY   Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets and Cardinals play the rubber game of the series early today. Most of Hawksworth’s appearance have come out of the bullpen and he hasn’t fared very well recently. So the Mets have a chance and getting some good offense going today. Dickey left his last start with an injured leg but it wasn’t serious, so he’ll go again today. He’s been outstanding this season, almost beyond belief.

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Cardinals 8 – Mets 7 July 28, 2010

New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana throws a pitch to the St. Louis Cardinals in the second inning of their MLB National League baseball game in New York, July 28, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL) took a great comeback to get into the game but the Mets ended up losing it in 13 innings. Johan Santana had one of the worst starts of his career giving up 6 runs on 8 hits… In the first inning! He gathered himself to go 5.2 innings but the damage was severe.

The Mets bullpen did a great job including Francisco Rodriguez throwing 2 scoreless innings. He did have a little trouble, as usual, giving up a hit and a walk but managed to work out of it.

The Mets offense was pretty solid with 13 hits and 5 walks in the game. Jose Reyes and David Wright had 3 hits apiece. Angel Pagan and Carlos Beltran both had home runs in the nice comeback. Ike Davis had a big 2 RBI pinch hit in the eighth inning that tied the game and would eventually send it to extras.

Pedro Feliciano gave it up to Albert Pujols in the 13th to lose it. That’s a terrible match up for Feliciano but they didn’t have much choice left in the bullpen. Oliver Perez was about all they had left and that’s a bad match up against anyone.

The Mets and Cardinals are even at 1 apiece in the series. They’ll play an early one at noon tomorrow in the rubber game.

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Preview: Cardinals at Mets July 28, 2010

St. Louis Cardinals (55-45) at New York Mets (51-49) 7:10pm

Jaime Garcia (9-4 2.21) vs Johan Santana (8-5 2.79)

TV: SNY   Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets would be in great shape if they never had to leave Citi Field. They’re 31-16 at home now. Let’s hope that home cooking continues tonight. Santana is 6-3 with a 2.81 ERA at home this year. Garcia hasn’t pitched as well on the road as he does at home (.248 BAA vs. .221 at home). But he did pitch a nice game against the Phillies in his last start going 7 innings and only allowing 1 run.

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