August 30, 2011

3 Stars Double Dip..Future..Hope?

From Monday's doubleheader sweep of the Marlins at Citi Field
(poll conducted for both games combined), here are:

After waiting out a two day “Irene” delay the Mets continued their “sweeping” ways with a doubleheader twin killing of the Marlins of Miami on Monday at Citi Field.

Having beaten the Braves on Friday night thanks in large part to a season’s best performance (complete game 2 hit shutout) from Chris Capuano in what would become a one game series due to the “Doom and Gloom” hurricane forecast, the New Yorkers got more solid pitching Monday against Florida from starters RA Dickey(7 IP, 7 H , 0 ER) in game one’s 2-1 victory and Dillon Gee (6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) in the 5-1 nightcap win. Newly appointed closer Bobby Parnell was called upon to save the first game and preserved the 4 run lead in the ninth inning of game 2 by throwing 2 total innings while allowing 2 hits (including a HR from notorious Mets killer Gaby Sanchez in game 1).

The two teams will play 3 more games in this series as the Mets (64-68), having won 4 straight, continue their drive towards a .500 season. With 30 games remaining the club will need to finish with 17 more wins to avoid their 3rd consecutive losing season.

The continued presence of Willie Harris in the Mets lineup is really puzzling as the team is not in contention for a playoff spot and letting the younger players exhibit their potential should be the main priority for the Mets “new regime”. A non losing final record would be nice, but seeing what the organization has in the pipeline under the pressures of the big leagues is far more important to any future success of the franchise.

While the Mets were forced to wait out the arrival and departure of Irene in the Northeast, the Cardinals were taking 3 of 4 from the Pirates here in the Gateway City. After an off day on Monday the Redbirds head to Milwaukee to face the Brewers who hold a 10-1/2 game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central.

While realistic hopes for the “Birds on the Bat” were dashed after dropping 3 straight at home to the LA Dodgers last week, Cardinal Nation continues to cling to the fact that the 2 teams will play head to head 6 times (3 in Milwaukee and 3 in St. Louis) in the next 8 days although the Brewers finish with 15 of their remaining 27 games at home where they are a Major League best 50-19.

As Always ...

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