July 29, 2011

3 Stars ...Wild Card Crazy Talk....

From Thursday’s WIN over Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park, here are:

Wild Card Crazy!

The Mets remarkably were forced to hold on to complete their first ever 4 game sweep in Cincinnati behind some continued production from Daniel Murphy and some welcome offense from Lucas Duda and yes, Jason Bay.

With the departure of Carlos Beltran to the Giants by the bay (no pun intended ...well maybe a little) this ballclub will need a far more productive balance of the season from Bay as well as the continued outstanding season of Murphy to go along with what seems to be the return of a healthy productive David Wright plus of course more of the MVP worthy performances of Free Agent to be Shortstop Jose Reyes.

It would seem that the right field job is Duda’s to lose and with any luck he’ll take this opportunity and provide enough offense to overcome the obvious defensive shortcomings already evidenced in his limited outfield exposures. He certainly cannot and must not be expected to put up Beltran (2011 thus far) numbers, but must be consistent and not become replaceable by the likes of Willie Harris or Scott Hairston.

Heading to hot, steamy Washington for a 3 game weekend series before coming home, the Mets face a Nationals team they’ve beaten 5 of the 8 games they’ve played this season. Surprisingly solid Dillon Gee will take the ball for Terry Collins’ squad facing Chien Ming Wang in his NL debut for the Nats tonight. As the New Yorkers currently sit at 3 games over .500 and a “mere” 6-1/2 games behind the Braves in the NL Wild Card “race”, this series may prove pivotal as the Braves visit Citi Field next weekend in what will hopefully be another important series in addition to being Mets Fest 2011 Summer Edition.

Meanwhile here in the River City a weak Houston team came into Busch Stadium and split a 4 game series with the Redbirds.

As first pitch temperatures hovered around 100 degrees the last 4 nights and the Cards saw the departure of young CFer Colby Rasmus to the Toronto Blue Jays, the 35 win Astros were able to keep the Cards at bay and in a 2nd place tie with the Pirates (who managed to split their 4 game set in Atlanta after being “robbed” by umpire Jerry Meals’ horrible 19th inning call on Wednesday) both a game and a half back of the Brewers.

Once again the downtown St. Louis area will be mobbed as the Cubs come to town for a weekend series in which the Redbirds should take at least 2 of 3 games to keep pace in the NL Central. New arrival Edwin Jackson will take the mound tonight in his Cards debut while the Cubs counter with Matt Garza.

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