The aces duel between Mets Johan Santana and Cardinals Chris Carpenter was a perfect finale for this series.
Mets won the first and third game of the matchup, and needed to take this one to claim the series.
Johan allowed one run in the first inning, giving the Cardinals the upper hand. While, Chris Carpenter pitched marvelously and looked unstoppable for the first three innings. However, the fourth inning, gave a different tale.
As the game went along, Santana grew stronger by surrendering just one more run during his tenure. On the other hand, Carpenter blew the game up in the fourth inning, giving up a double by 1B Nick Evans, which consequently tallied in three runs for the Metropolitans.
Starting pitching for the Mets has been their bread and butter the past few weeks and really the only factor that has reeled them in competing against other ball clubs. Redding on Monday threw decently, Fernando Nieve has been nothing less then outstanding in his efforts, Santana is Santana, and even Livan Hernandez who gave up the only loss, pitched fairly well.
Mets offense saw improvement this series, more evidently in their 11-0 thrashing against the Cardinals.
What I found to be most hopeful sign, was the bullpen who didn’t lose any games for the Mets, and appeared solid against the St. Louis Cardinals.
These victories against a powerful team like the Cardinals can raise the confidence of this wacked and injured team, who never made excuses and never gave up. That sounds a bit corny but otherwise true; the effort of this ball club has always been there, persistent through thin and thick.
Mets beat the Cardinals, won the series and put themselves in great shape heading into the Subway Series.
The Mets are now only a half game behind the Phillies for the NL East lead and could take it with a win against the Yankees.
Round 2 of the Subway Series is on tonight at 7 p.m. at Citi Field, rendering a Sabathia and Pelfrey pitching