Game Preview: Mets at Cardinals [Game 15] April 23, 2009

St. Louis Cardinals logoNew York Mets (6-8 Road: 3-5) at St. Louis Cardinals (10-5 Home: 7-2) 1:40 pm

Livan Hernandez (1-0 4.63) vs. Kyle Lohse (2-0 2.57)

TV: SNY   RadioWFAN

What to watch: Jerry Manuel promised to shake up the lineup after last night’s loss. The Mets have now lost three games in a row. Expect to see Gary Sheffield in LF, Alex Cora at 2B, Carlos Beltran batting third, and David Wright batting fifth. It’s up to Hernandez to keep the Mets from getting swept in this series. Lohse had two very good starts but got hit by the Cubs in his last start for 4 runs in 5 innings.

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Game Preview: Mets at Cardinals [Game 14] April 22, 2009

St. Louis Cardinals logoNew York Mets (6-7 Road: 3-4) at St. Louis Cardinals (9-5 Home: 6-2) 8:15 pm

John Maine (0-1 7.20) vs. Joel Piniero (2-0 5.40)

TV: ESPN RadioWFAN

What to watch: Hopefully, the Mets got all of the bumbling and stumbling they did last night out of their system. Maine hasn’t gone more than 5 innings yet and got ripped by the Padres in his last start. Piniero didn’t pitch well in his last start in Arizona but got a win. It’s time for the Mets to stop underachieving and start playing solid baseball.

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Santana CG Leads Mets Over Cards 9-1

Box score

The Mets jumped all over St. Louis Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse today, taking the rubber game of the series. The Mets finish their home stand going 4-2. Lohse was roughed up for seven runs over five innings. By contrast, Johan Santana went all nine innings giving up six hits and one walk for one run.

Santana had a run saved by Carlos Beltran making an outstanding catch over the center field wall on a bomb hit by Ryan Ludwick. Albert Pujols homered in the next at-bat for the Cards only run.

The Mets offense was led by David Wright and Fernando Tatis. Wright was 3 for 5 with a home run, and Tatis was 3 for 4 with a home run.